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With 72 members, Floyd Dryden's dance team gives everyone a chance to shine

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2007

In only its second year, the Floyd Dryden Middle School dance team has achieved success without having to cut or exclude any students from the team.

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Head coach Jamie Miller, who started the program last year, decided not to cut any athlete. Her decision resulted in a 65-member team that Miller coached on her own.

This year, the team encompasses 72 team members - 69 girls and three boys.

"Our goal is to create team unity," Miller said.

The team practices Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. On top of that, several squad leaders go to extra practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

The team's squad leaders also helped mold the values and goals of the team. They came up with team guidelines such as maintaining good grades and staying positive. Like other school sports, the team must maintain good academic standing to remain on the squad.

There is no activities bus for early morning practice, so the team relies on dedicated parents to help with transportation.

"(The) parent's support is critical for the success of the team," assistant coach Audra Henderson said. "A huge reason is transportation at 6:45 in the morning."

Miller and Henderson have the unique and lofty task of molding these 72 members into a full-fledged dance team.

"Our biggest challenge is the different levels of the dancers because there are no cuts and lots of different skill levels," Miller said.

The dance team performed Saturday at a Southeast Region Middle School Wrestling Tournament and will also show their stuff at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament, JDHS Showtime and an end of the season show.

Miller helped launch the Floyd Dryden dance team last year when she went to various schools teaching a hip-hop aerobics class. Three girls from Floyd Dryden asked her if she would start a team for the school and she agreed.

The team kicked off when Floyd Dryden physical education teacher Molly Box helped secure a grant for coaching compensation.

In an effort to keep the team going, the dancers sell packets of cookie dough to the community and seeks out sponsorships from local business. This year, the team hopes to raise enough funds to afford team outfits - including shoes for each of its 72 members.

In addition to coaching the dance team, Miller and Henderson are both full-time students at University of Alaska Southeast.

Both coaches are also former members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team.

In addition to building a squad, the coaches also seem to be doing so without leaving anyone out.

Floyd Dryden dance team

Team Managers:

Kelsey Krebsbach

Madeleina Ellingson-Van Sickle

Captain:

Linda Cabello

1st Lieutenants:

April Conway

Keaunna Miller

Squad Leaders:

Cassie Casipit

Kalea Chapman

Jennifer Nelson

Kelsey Monagle

Team:

Abby Wilwert

Alexa Duran

Amber Leatham

Andrea Scharen

Angelica Laguidao

Anna Gonwa Romanda

Autumn Stoddard

Autumn Baldwin

Bethany Cumming

Breanna Mesdag

Cassie Dindinger

Catilin Bossio

Cecilia Felipe

Chelsea Childress

Chelsea Kilgore

Cherish Newell

Chirsitieana Parrish

Colleen Biddinger

Cristie Adams

Danica Paguio

Devon Kasler

Emily Anne Lohray

Emily Keyes

Hailey Quinto

Hannah Everit

Jayme Oldaker

Jaymee Pitt

Jessica Miller

Kaela Burke

Kaitlyn Mountcastle

Kaity Wyatt

Kassandra Burke

Kassandra Eyre

Keishla Soto

Kellie Temple

Kelsey Stark

Kerry Barto

Kiera Clark

Kierra Reyes

Kirstian Eyere

Luke Girnscheid

Marella Cungob

Marie Holden

Megan Clough

Megan Punongbayon

Melissa Nugent

Michalea Schlechter

Miranda Schichiger

Miranda Vaughn

Nancy Ramirez

Natalie Thingvall

Nicole Nelson

Nicollette Dunlap

Olivia Lihou

Rachel Smith

Rebecca Scharon

RinaLynn Soriano

Savannah Dindinger

Shannon Luckenbil

Shelby Cook

Sheryce Marshall

Sorcha Hazelton

Sosafina Maka

Stewart Manchie

Sydney Sabin

Taylor Daniels

Vika Toetuu



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