Dance Team Competes Despite Restrictions


Photo submitted by Cambria Deehr  The CHS dance team shows off some of their awards earned during a very nontraditional season. They qualified for state in D3 Kick.

Claudia Brown

Last year, the CHS dance team ended their year as the D3 Kick state champions. However, this year looks very different.

“For any team trying to navigate how to operate under a pandemic, we’ve had to overcome many challenges,” said Co-Coach Mrs. Brittany Mayer. “But our team has progressed and grown and continued to succeed.”

After qualifying for state in D3 Kick with a third at regionals last month, the team has submitted a video of their kick routine for state as it’s a virtual competition. And they will find out if they are repeat state champions on April 25, during a live virtual awards ceremony.

The dance team usually starts practicing for their season in the summer. However, with restrictions on in-person practices due to COVID-19, they were not able to begin practices until later in the year.

Competitions have also been majorly affected by many restrictions. Some of the team’s competitions were moved to a virtual format that required them to submit videos of their routines.

     The competitions that they were able to attend in-person were very different, as well. There were no spectators allowed. They also had to perform during specific time slots to allow for the host school to clean before the next team performed.

The awards for each competition were all held virtually, as well.

     “It was definitely a different experience and not one I think any of us would like to go through again,” said Deehr, “but it makes me appreciate our season so much more.”

Despite all the changes made to their season, the dance team continued to place very well.

They began their competition season at the Kaukauna Dance Classic in January, earning a first in D3 Kick and second in D4 Pom. Also, Deehr and Mueller earned first place in Duet. And Deehr earned sixth place in Solo.

After a few weeks to continue practicing, the team earned first in D3 Kick and fourth in D3 Jazz at De Pere’s Redbird Rumble in February.

At the Ashwaubenon Dance Invitational in March, the Tigers earned another first place in D3 Kick, a second in D4 Pom and a fourth in D3 Jazz. Also, Mueller placed ninth in Solo.

The very next weekend, the team earned yet another first in D3 Kick and a third in D3 Jazz at the Freedom Dance Classic.

Sophomores Afton Frank and Annalia Lopez; juniors Ali Pinkert, Scarlett and Jade Kimbro, and Cambria Deehr; and senior Allyson Mueller are the seven members of this year’s dance team. Ms. Hanna Kabat also coaches the team.

Tryouts for next year’s team are on May 8, at 8:30 a.m. There are practices for the tryouts the week before, May 3-7. At the practices, participants will be taught proper technique, warm-ups and stretches, as well as a short routine to perform at the tryout. For any questions regarding tryouts, contact any of the team members or coaches.