North High dance teams invited to national competition
By Jacqueline Quynh, Multimedia Journalist - email
Pom-poms used by the North High girls dance team are hand made.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
North High School boys and girls dance team received a big honor. They've been invited to a prestigious national dance competition.
22 girls and 14 boys from North High will be taking part in the Marching Auxiliary National Dance Competition. It will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from March 22 - 23.
They will competing against 120 teams from across the United States.
The North Stars have a history of racking up dance awards, but the last time the school made a nationals appearance was in 2006.
And, in less than a month, these young women and men, will be headed to the national dance competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
"Our coaches finally think we are a squad that's build up to the potential... And we get the privilege to go down there and compete against the really tough teams," Clark said.
Haley Clark is the girls team captain. She's been dancing since she was two years old.
"I don't really get nervous anymore. I can tell the other girls are getting pretty excited and nervous," Clark said.
So now she's doing her best shape up the team to carry on a new legacy.
"I remember Netley use to take this dance squad down to nationals all the time," Clark said.
Coach April Netley has been with North High, for over 10 years. She took a 7 year break. But now she's back and working with the team to try for a return to glory.
"They practiced in the summer, and then starting in August, through the end of the season which in this case will be March --the girls are here everyday at 6 o'clock," April Netley said.
The road to nationals takes a lot of discipline.
"There's no easy way to get here, you have to do it by hard work" Netley said
"We practice for at last an hour and a half five days a week. When it comes to competition days or weeks, we come in even earlier, we stay later, we have extra practices after school, on the weekends," Clark said.
But it's not just all girls who are headed to nationals. For the first time since 2005, a boys team will also be headed to compete in Texas.
"We've been working really hard, we know most of it, because we did at state, but we just keep working hard and getting better at it, I think by the time we go to nationals we'll be ready," Dustin Fuller, a senior dance member on the boys squad.
Coach Netley says she's set the bar high for the teams.
"We would like to get into the top three in every category," Netley said.
Haley Clark leaves at the end of this season but she's ready to pass the torch.
"Even though I'm leaving, the senior captains are leaving, they can really keep it up, they can go to nationals year after year," Clark said.
And the teams may have a good chance. They've recently racked up several awards.
The girls team have placed first in a Military Dance state dance competition, and 2nd in the other categories.
They also won 1st place and top honors among 30 regional teams in a recent contest.
Meanwhile the boys team captured best all male dance award at their state competition.
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