Dance Team to showcase talents at symposium

Members of this year’s NEHS dance team include: (back row) Captains Sammie Weinheimer, Breana Gilkinson, and Alexandra Schriefer; Kayla Coffey, Mary Eidell and Hannah Ziccardi. (Middle row): Jenna Brink, Elisa Belfiore, Rebecca Lint, Anna Goetz, Megen Grenz. (Front row): Hannah Brown, Missy McIntosh, Sarah Ziccardi, Leah Fails and Sarah Messner. -contributed photo

The North East High School Dance Team cordially invites the community  to attend the 2011 NEHS Dance Symposium; “A Decade of Dance” on Saturday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the North East High School auditorium. The dance team will commemorate 10 years of dance since the team’s inception in 2001 under the direction of Emalie Nagle.

Nagle, an English teacher at the high school, formed the dance team 10 years ago and remains its coordinator and now shares the coaching duties with Jessica Blackburn. A new volunteer to the program this year is past dancer, Maria Potocki.  

The program began when a group of female students expressed to Nagle a strong interest in starting a dance team.

“I have always enjoyed dancing, and I thought a dance team would be a great way to try and involve students who didn’t necessarily play a winter sport but were interested in showing their school spirit through an alternate venue,” said Nagle.

The program began with 22 female students who initially practiced in the gym lobby and performed sporadically throughout the basketball season. Gradually, the program solidified and gained more recognition. Today, the dance team can be found performing during halftime of almost every home basketball game.

Please mark your calendar for the February 5 dance symposium which will consist of 19 separate routines including such dance styles as hip hop, jazz, tap, and ballet.  Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Ticket prices are $3 for adults and $1 for students.

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