By Kimberlie Willard
Pop and lock, jam and break! These are just a few things the dance team is accustomed to hearing. The Roanoke College Dance Team was initially formed in order to promote and support the college’s varsity athletic teams and programs. The team attends every home men’s and women’s basketball game and performs at the lacrosse games during alumni weekend. Over the years, the dance team has expanded its exposures. In addition to attending basketball games, the team now participates in community events and travels to national competitions each year.
The team has high hopes of continuing to grow. “We have several exciting events planned for the year, such as a car wash, a dance night at the local community center, and competition,” said team captain Kimberlie Willard, sophomore. “With the continued support of Club Sports, alumni, friends and family, there is no doubt that the team will have a very successful year and achieve our goal of raising over $2,000 for attending nationals!”
So far this year, the dance team has raised over $900 through fundraising events and donations. On September 30, 2017 the dance team hosted their first car wash at Advance Auto located on Main Street in Salem. The event was a great success as the team raised more than $500.
The team will use the funds and future donations to attend Eastern Dance and Cheer Nationals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this spring. In 2015, the Roanoke College Dance Team attended this competition and received first place in hip-hop and second place in jazz. “I’ve never been to a competition before, so I’m excited for this new opportunity to expand my dance world,” said Sarah, freshman.
The team is currently comprised of eleven members, including freshmen, sophomores and juniors. According to coach Aja Gore, each member has shown great enthusiasm and dedication to the team. “I’m very excited about this year,” said Gore. “This team is made up of a group of very hardworking and driven girls, and I’m already so proud of everything they’ve accomplished in the few shorts weeks that we’ve been practicing.”