Dance team achieves unexpected success in first competition

IMG_0495By Grace Berry
Executive News Editor
Prospect’s competitive dance team walked into their first competition Nov. 22. The girls and coaches were nervous as they were competing against 42 other high school dance teams across Illinois.
The competition was at Fremd High School in Palatine. Each school could submit a jazz, lyrical, poms, or hip-hop routine. Prospect dance team performed a lyrical routine choreographed by Ricky Ruiz.
Competition dance is more precise and exact than other dance forms. Teams are judged on choreography, musicality, difficulty, technique, synchronization, formation, spacing, and showmanship.
Prospect came in 5th place overall and had the highest technical score at their first competition. Head coach Kristin Burton was proud and excited of the accomplishments her dancers had made.
“I was so proud [watching Prospect dance at the competition],” said Burton. “It was a really cool feeling being the first time they’ve ever competed. I felt that they did the best that they could have done and I told them going in that that was all that matters.”
“No one really expected anything from us and to make a big statement at the first [competition] was awesome,” said Burton. “But I’m most proud of the hard work and dedication that the girls put in because this is so different from all the other types of dancing that they’ve ever done and they just really rose the occasion.”