New Prairie Soloist Dances to the Top
New Prairie High School’s very own Mia Bauer, junior, competed her solo in the senior division on March 9, 2018 at the New Castle Field House at the IHSDTA State Dance Competition.
Last year as a sophomore, Mia had qualified for the Semi-State competition as a soloist but was not selected to compete at the state level. This year, she had come back stronger than ever. She studied what the judges were looking for and hand selected her song for this year’s solo based on her research. She also worked with a choreographer that she had grown up dancing with; someone she truly trusted to create a work of art for her to display.
Mia concluded with an undefeated regular season and was also selected as the Senior Solo Champion at the Semi-State competition. In the three weeks to follow, Mia continued to push herself, always wanting to give more, fighting for each turn sequence and making sure every motion was reaching to new heights.
She said a few days prior to state, “I really think I can do it.” She remained humble, yet hungry to achieve the ultimate success. As she entered the floor on Friday evening she was calm but excited, confident but nervous as many family and friends along with her team members were there to cheer her on. Moving her way through her piece with grace and beauty, she nailed her turn sequences and the emotion behind her dancing was absolutely incredible.
Mia walked off the floor feeling the best she had all season. The wait until awards seemed long and the wait to hear the placements for senior solos felt even longer. The announcer continued to call the placements - fourth, third, getting to second, and it wasn’t Mia. She had done it! Mia Bauer won state in the Senior Solo Division! This is an absolute honor and well deserved! Mia makes the first in New Prairie Dance history to be named State Champion. Among local schools, she is also the first in almost a decade in this incredibly tough competition. Along with the Senior Solo, Mia Bauer and Amellia Klute, sophomore, competed a Senior Duet which qualified for State and placed fifth! This is the highest ranking duet to be named in New Prairie Dance Team history. It was only the team’s second year competing in Hip Hop but they made their way to the top this season and walked away as Northern Regional Champions.
The team also competed in Pom, which stayed steady throughout the season. By putting in extra work in the weeks leading to state, the group was able to achieve another State Runner-Up Title in the AA Pom Divison, missing 1st place by a mere .14.
Also notable this season, New Prairie Middle School had a soloist, Jeanie Schascheck, qualify for Semi State, first time in NPMS history, as well as a duet consisting of Olivia Trojanowski and Cydney Palmer. The Middle School Pom team improved their routine all season, taking second at Regionals and putting out a great performance at state.
High School Head Coaches Tara Dome and Lauren Olson feel truly blessed to work with the group of young ladies and are greatly looking forward to continuing to grow their program at New Prairie. However, the team can now officially say that a New Prairie Dance Team member has won a state title in the Senior Solo Division, what an accomplishment!