Spirit squads host annual cheer, dance camp for elementary students

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Cheerleaders, dancers, and campers wait patiently to execute their big performance. Practice was held in the in the Multi-purpose room Tuesday through Thursday and in the Activities Center on Friday so the kids could get a better feel on where they were going to perform.

Renee Backstrom

Cheering loud and proud and dancing the night away, elementary students from David City Public Schools gathered together Jan. 5 through Jan. 9 with fellow David City High School cheerleaders and dancers at the David City Elementary Multipurpose Room to show their Scout spirit and prepare for their performance, which took place in between the girls and boys basketball game that Saturday.

This year’s theme was “Better When I’m Dancin’” from The Peanuts Movie. To accommodate the movie, the song “Better When I’m Dancin'” by Meghan Trainor was chosen. The dance was choreographed by juniors Allie Ingwersen and Kasey Stallbaum and seniors Nicole Buntgen, Natalie Kirby, and Hannah Veskrna.

Cheerleaders, dancers, and campers performed on Jan. 9 against Milford, which was different from the usual Friday night home basketball game. Cheer Sponsor Tiffany Heins said there were lots of new changes this year other than the date. The cheer and dance teams purchased a new sound system and also assembled a quicker and safer process for parents to pick their kids up after the performance.

“I’m not a very good dancer to begin with, but by going with the music, the moves came to us right away,” Kirby said. “Coming up with the preschool through second grade moves was way  simpler for me than coming up with the older age groups just because I know how to work with the younger ages and know what they can and can’t do.”

Prior to camp, the cheer and dance teams, led by Heins and Dance Sponsor Amy Sander, had to put forth a great deal of time and commitment to prepare for the well-known event.

Heins said there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work to prepare for the occasion, with preparations starting last summer and continuing until the camp was over. Registration forms were created and the cheerleaders and dancers promoted camp at both Bellwood and David City Elementary.

On the day of the performance, kids arrived at DCHS at 5:00 p.m. to prepare for their performance. Snacks, coloring, and bracelet-making kept kids busy while each grade took turns cheering on the Scouts during the girls varsity game. Once the game came to a close, it was their time to shine.

“I felt the performance was a huge success. It was amazing to see those participants who were shy and timid at the beginning of the week and who hardly moved while dancing really shine on Saturday,” Heins said.” They busted out their moves, used facials, and had fun.”