“Work hard, win hard” was our team anthem for the New Prairie Dance Team (NPDT) this year. Our Dance season starts with tryouts in April and continues until our State competition the following March. It’s an 11-month season, and the dancers on the team work so hard throughout the year.
New Prairie Dance Team offers dance clinics for dancers K-8. The team performs at parades, football games, basketball games, and we also compete with the Indiana High School Dance Team Association (IHSDTA).
The dance scene is rapidly changing, and so is the program at NPHS. We are currently growing our repertoire of dance skills, technique, and tricks. We tried more challenging dances to perform at our football and basketball games. At times, fans have felt our growth, as we adjust and challenge ourselves. Throughout it all, our team has persevered and has truly come together in the most satisfying way.
The IHSDTA State Championship was held on March 11th and 12th in New Castle, Ind. For the first time in NPDT history, we were honored to have a Junior Soloist qualify and advance to the State Competition. Freshman Mia Bauer performed a heartfelt, and beautiful piece called “My Salvation”. Her performance captured a fourth place finish out of more than 40 competitors. The Junior Soloist division is extremely competitive, and Mia certainly made her teammates and NPHS proud with her captivating performance.
NPDT also competes in a division called AA Pom. The pom competition team has 13 team members. The team placed throughout the season, but not as high as we had hoped. The team was ranked fourth going into the State competition- with only a week between Regionals and State to prepare.
As a coach, you always see the potential that the team has and you just hope that you prepared enough, corrected enough, and challenged enough. I cannot express how proud I was of their performance on Saturday. The energy that they brought to the floor was palpable, the audience engaged, and our performance was truly amazing.
I walked off the floor knowing that our girls gave it all they had. Audience members approached our team parents, praising how much the team had improved, and how amazing our performance was. When the awards ceremony started that night, I’ve never been so nervous.
Our girls brought home medals and a trophy for placing third in our division! It was a spectacular moment for our entire team to celebrate the hard work that they put in.
The New Prairie Dance program is growing and we are now bridging the program between the middle school and the high school.
We are grateful and appreciative of all of the support that the parents, the community, and the school administration- specifically Athletic Director Brian Williamson and Principal Greg Dettinger, has given us. We hope to continue to give back to our community by sharing our love of dance, creating strong leaders, and being upstanding pillars of this community.