The Emeralds dance team lost just one letter-winner to graduation and return four, giving the squad an element of experience that should help the team exceed their expectations this season. Head coach Shelly Dallas and her assistant Ashley Crider are excited about this team.
“We are changing the lyrical style of dance that the team has done in the past, to dancing hip hop and pom styles with some jazz,” Dallas explained. “These styles of dancing are more fun to watch, and we hope the crowd will enjoy these styles a little more. We are also hoping to attract more dancers to join our team.”
Christin Davis, Karissa Holst, Kayla Locke, and Zoey Luttrell return from last year’s team. “I believe the entire team will look to the seniors, Karissa and Zoey, for leadership,” Coach Dallas mentioned. “Our two newcomers are freshmen Abigail Gibson and Addison Hanei, and they worked hard with the rest of the team to learn routines at camp. The upperclassmen, Christin, Karissa, Kayla and Zoey are great to work with too. Even though we have a small team, we are very excited about what they will accomplish this season”
Dallas noted that the team really wants to improve. “They want the crowd to enjoy their hard work. We will be working on improving our leaps, jumps and kick lines.” The head coach also noted there are several highlights to look forward to in 2020-21. “Homecoming is always fun, but the highlights are performing at halftime of each home game,” she admitted. “We worked hard for two days and learned three routines at camp. We had local dance teacher, Lisa Gansner and the SEMO Sundancers teach us new routines. We are excited to show the crowd what we can do, and hope we have a great football season.”