‘Tailfeathers’ shake theirs
Published: Sunday, April 3, 2011
Updated: Sunday, April 3, 2011 16:04
The Viterbo University Dance Team Club, also known as "The Tailfeathers," is upping their game. The team has stepped off the basketball court and has stepped in front of the judges.
On Feb. 12, the 11 member strong Tailfeathers took part in their first ever team competition as they traveled to Wisconsin Rapids for the Lacey Memorial Cheer and Dance Competition. The Tailfeathers took third place at the competition.
"This is the first time that I know of that the dance team has done a competition," said Danielle Olson. "The faculty I've talked to can't remember a time before this, either."
Olson, a criminal justice and psychology major from Marshfield, Wis., is a third-year member and the captain of the dance team.
"I'm really excited," Olson continued. "For the last few years, we haven't been a legitimate club team, but it's all really coming together now."
The team, which Olson stated is self-funded, has not been able to compete before due to expenses.
"It's difficult to do competitions because we don't have enough funding. Some competitions cost $125 per person," mentioned Olson.
The members of the squad pay for their own outfits, shoes, tights and other miscellaneous items they might need.
All costs aside, the team feels confident in their routine.
"We were very prepared. The competition was supposed to be last December, so we were ready then; but recently, we have been even more prepared and excited to do this."
The team, which usually practices about four hours a week, had bumped up their rehearsals to two hours every night to prepare for their big day.
"Our routine was a real crowd-pleaser," noted Olson on the group's funk/hip-hop dance.
"We were excited to be critiqued by judges. It was nice to have someone who knows dance judging us and giving us pointers for improvement," said Jenna Snively.
Snively, a biology major from Barron, Wis., is a second-year member and co-captain of the team.
"We were hoping to come back with hardware, but we hadn't really set a goal. It was more about the experience," Snively said.
In addition to gaining this experience, the team is looking to get their name out.
"We're looking to boost our morale," commented Olson. "Once people see we're doing more than just performing at basketball games, we hope to get a lot more support, and I think this competition will help with that."
"We're really hoping to become a varsity sport in a few years, so hopefully this is just the beginning," both Olson and Snively said.