The Jefferson dance team is venturing into some unknown territory this season. The 2019-20 squad will begin competing against other schools around the area and state this season.
“This year we have a goal of competing in several competitions, with a goal of performing at the state level in St. Charles in February,” commented head coach Dana Wisdom. “We are undecided right now which competitions we will be going to, but the whole competition scene will be new for the girls.”
Wisdom lost six girls off last year’s squad and is currently fielding a team of eight members, four of them are returning from last year’s team. Despite the new faces, Wisdom is happy with how the girls are cooperating with each other. “They work well together and can typically pick up routines pretty quickly,” she said. “They are not afraid to help one another and point things out to help each other get better.”
With competitions looming, Wisdom certainly knows there’s work to be done. “We are working on improving every girl’s jumps, leaps, and turns this season,” she admits. “The girls will need to work really hard to be on the level of some of the other teams we will be competing against.”
When Maddie Todd is not on the volleyball court for the Blue Jays, she’ll be looked upon for guidance for the young dance squad. “Maddie is my most experienced dancer this year,” Wisdom admits. “She is definitely a leader to the girls, and they go to her for help and advice any time they need it.” Wisdom also noted that two newcomers have already made their marks on the team. “I have two newbies this year, Riley Jackson and Abi Smith. Both are eager to get in the practice room every day and get to work. They have a lot of great potential, and I look forward to molding their talents this year.”
Coach Wisdom likes the makeup of this year’s squad. “All of my girls are exceptional in their own way, and I can’t wait to see what they pull together this year. This year we have welcomed a volunteer coach, Melissa Williams. She comes to us from an extensive dance background and is eager to get in there and work with the girls. The girls are excited about Homecoming, and we are all looking forward to competition season so we can get out there and show everyone what they can do.”