The Cardinal danceteam put on a clinic for elementary aged girls to expose them to dance and help get them involved as a way to prepare the next generation of Cardinal dancers.
When does that urge to dance begin? For Brooke May, a member and co-captain of the RVHS danceteam, it started in a Kansas dance studio when she was three. “My mom got me involved,” she said. “After that, I just loved doing it.” In her early years as a dancer, May learned a variety of dance styles from ballet to tap, and when her family moved to Redwood Falls she got involved in the Just For Kix program where she learned kick and jazz dancing styles. “I?love to perform in front of people,” said May when asked why she dances. “There is a thrill I get from doing a performance.” In middle school, May joined the danceteam, and she continued dancing in high school. While the Cardinal danceteam does not compete, it performs in a variety of venues, including at sporting events. It is in that venue where many a young girl first sees the fun of kick, jazz and hip-hop dancing and thinks to themselves they would like to do that some day, too. For a group of Redwood area girls, that opportunity came sooner than they may have expected, as the Cardinal danceteam put on a clinic for elementary aged girls to expose them to dance and help get them involved as a way to prepare the next generation of Cardinal dancers. May said she and fellow co-captain Katie Ellingworth were talking about the idea of having a dance clinic for young girls, and when asked the rest of the team thought it was a great idea. May said the group worked with school officials to put the plan together that led to the Little Cardinals Dance camp. A total of 35 girls in Grades K-4 were involved in the camp, which was held twice. May said the intent of the camp was to give the young girls some of the fundamental skills of dance and to teach them a routine they would be performing at a RVHS boys basketball game. “I?think they enjoyed it,” said May, adding she realizes the team has become role models for those younger girls who look up to them because of who they are and what they do. The hope, said May is the young girls gain enough of an interest to keep up with dance and then to get involved with danceteam when they are able as future Redwood Valley students. May said putting the plans together and choreographing a routine was a lot of hard work, but she said the whole team worked together well to make it a success. Of course, there was also time for fun and relationship building. The performance, which included dancing to the song “How Do I?Look?” was a big hit, and May said she is hoping the camp continues to be offered in the future. After all, as May said, everybody likes to see little kids dancing. Each participant was given a t-shirt, which May said fellow RVHS senior Sam Felt designed.