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BHS Wolverettes dance to second at state
12/13/2013 By: Melanie B. Mazur
Young team earns 3A runner up title
Having come up from last year’s third place finish, and last place the year before that, the Bayfield Wolverettes dance team hit every step on Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.
Their performance garnered them the 3A runner up title in the pom division.
“It was the best perfomance that we’ve ever done, we think,” said Sahara Christensen, a senior on the team. “It went really well.”
Coach Aimee Whitmer described the team’s performance as “perfect.” They danced to
the song 300 Violin Orchestra by Jorge Quintero and will perform the routine at the boys basketball home opener on Jan. 17 against Monte Vista.
The performance involved months of hard work and practice.
“All of a sudden, our team was ready to perform, and we got there and everything just happened perfectly,” Christensen said.
Being a Wolverette hasn’t always been easy. The group was formed, then lost their coach and didn’t perform a year, then started back up three years ago.
“Our first year coming back as team, we were just getting our footing,” Christensen said of the team’s disappointing performance at state in 2011. The team got stronger last year and better understood the rules of the sport, she said. “This year, we were ready to bring home a trophy!”
Practice involves a lot of stretching, situps, squats, then repeating a routine over and over and over.
“You run over the dance a million times, working on the tiny little details,” Christensen said. “It gets a little tedious.” The song gets annoying too, she admitted.
“But it’s worth when you get to state and get a trophy!”
Head Coach Aimee Whitmer said she was thrilled to see the girls perform so well at the top competition in the state.
“We outdanced some teams that usually outdance us,” she said.
Whitmer said one of the different aspects of this team is that most of the girls don’t have a dance background. They start learning the basics as freshmen.
Whitmer said her students like dance because of the chance to interact, not just perform, in front of an audience.
“It becomes addicting!” she said. She is assisted in coaching by Kim Hamilton.
Christensen added: “I’m super proud to be a Bayfield Wolverine dancer!”