Huskies’ dance team rocks |

Huskies’ dance team rocks

Cindy Ramunno
Battle Mountain High School dance team performs their routine during half time of the boy basketball game on Tuesday night.

In December and January in Denver, the girls took top honors at the Rocky Mountain Classic, placed fourth at the Mile High Regional Competition, and came in seventh at the Colorado State Spirit Competition.

“These trophies are taller than the girls are,” says Battle Mountain’s athletic director, Fred Koetterritz. “We are very proud of our dance team. They’ve worked really hard for their success.”

The Battle Mountain Dancers are Kate Bradway, Ashley Irons, Susie Pope, Stephanie Rice, Ali Canepa, Verena Oberlohr, Christina Schultheis, Anna Himmes, Reva Wilcox and Megan Brooks. Team captains are Ashley Comerford, Emily Bradshaw and Cassidy Rosenthal. Head Coach is Tammy Nordstrand; assistant coach is Andrea Grabow.

“This is only our second year of having the dance team,” Norstrand says. “I am really proud of how dedicated the girls were in working hard to succeed for these competitions.”

The girls started out with a rigorous summer camp, summer fund-raising events and football season. Now they are into basketball season and other competitions.

“These girls have a strong team bond, which helps to have a successful year,” Norstrand says.

One of the many responsibilities of being a captain is the choreography, which can be very difficult and time-consuming. The dedication it takes to just do that is sometimes overwhelming. Another difficult thing about being on a dance team is that one person “can’t be having a bad day” – in other words, everyone must be “on.” There are no team stars or bench-sitters here. All team members are key players in making the dance flawless. Team cohesiveness is also is a must – which the Battle Mountain girls definitely possesses.

“These girls have fun, are constantly learning a new dance and work hard,” Norstrand says.

The team will perform Feb. 15 at around 7:30 p.m. during halftime of the boys basketball game, again Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. during half time of the girls basketball game, and again at 7:30 p.m. during halftime of the boys game. All games are at the Battle Mountain campus in Eagle-Vail.

For more information, call 328-2930.

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