RCHS Dance Team expands its venue

DANCE: Returning Reed City High School Dance Team members (from left) Miranda Battle, Olivia Lawson, Madilyn Allen, Alison Schermerhorn, Tristin Harltey and Natalie Baughan perform at the RCHS football game on Friday. (Herald Review photo/Shannon Hartley)
DANCE: Returning Reed City High School Dance Team members (from left) Miranda Battle, Olivia Lawson, Madilyn Allen, Alison Schermerhorn, Tristin Harltey and Natalie Baughan perform at the RCHS football game on Friday. (Herald Review photo/Shannon Hartley)

REED CITY — Friday night football had an addition to the halftime entertainment as the members of last year’s Reed City High School Dance Team took the field.

Usually the team dances only during basketball season. However, returning coaches Ashley Bregg and Gene Holt were looking for more events to showcase the girls’ talents. Even before school started, the six remaining girls from last year were practicing their first dance. Senior Tristin Hartley and junior Madilyn Allen created the mix of popular dance songs and choreographed the dance. Both have been members of the team since they started high school.

Along with senior Miranda Battle, juniors Alison Schermerhorn and Natalie Baughan and sophomore Olivia Lawson, the team put on a very energetic show. From “Teach Me How to Dougie” to “Gangham Style,” crowds in the bleachers and along the field cheered, sang and danced along. The girls are hoping this is only the beginning of their adventure off the basketball court.

The team is currently holding workshops for anyone in ninth through 12th grade that is interested in joining the dance team. No dance experience is necessary. There will be four workshops held from right after school until 4:30 p.m. every other Tuesday, starting on Sept. 17. Girls will meet in the upper portion of the gym.

“These workshops are to help interested dancers to not only improve and become more comfortable with their dance technique, but also a chance to get to know the coaches as well as former team members,” Bregg said. “It is basically preparing them for tryouts and the upcoming season.”