Dancing their way to the Grand Stage

by Kristian Frisbey

“I’ll always remember how close this team is and how far we’ve come this year. We have worked so hard and we have already done some amazing things with our placements in the KC Classic,” senior Jadyn Schaal

With competition season in full swing, the Glitter Girls prepare for their annual trip to nationals in Florida coming up this February.

Before competition comes preparation. Senior Jadyn Schaal says being able to produce the best product often takes weeks of practice and dedication.

“We practice all week, watch videos of our dances to see what we need to work on (and) then we clean up the mistakes at practice and run (the dances) over and over to build our stamina up,” Schaal said. It’s not just a weekday commitment, either. Sometimes we come in on weekends and practice in the gym when it is available, so we get used to dancing on the gym floors and make sure our formations are right,” she added.

With her senior season here, Schaal says the thing she will always remember most about the team is the bond between everyone.

“I’ll always remember how close this team is and how far we’ve come this year. We have worked so hard and we have already done some amazing things with our placements in the KC Classic,” Schaal said.

At the KC Classic at Liberty High School, the GGs placed first in the hip hop category, second in jazz, and also received honors for most entertaining routine. Overall, the team placed second at the competition.

With the national competition in February, senior Sam Daniels has hopes of being able to go to Florida and try to place in the competition.

“I look forward to hopefully placing in Florida for nationals. We have a team of really high potential this year, so I am excited to see where it will take us,” Daniels said.

Daniels, who is a captain alongside Schaal, leads by example for her team.

“Captains lead the team by setting a good example and always being there for each other. All the [underclass girls] look up to us whether it is through dance or just life in general. It gets a little harder through competition season because our coach is harder on us, due to our experience, but it helps us all pull together stronger than before,” Daniels explained.

The GG’s next competition will be on January 20 at Lee’s Summit North, as they prepare for nationals in February.