The Lionettes are kicking off their 2019-2020 season by changing certain procedures. Now, Lionettes must try out and be selected to perform for every pep rally dance and the yearly dance competition.
“My officers are strong, not only in dance but also [in] discipline, and they are great leaders, which really sets the tone of the team,” drill team instructor Monica Hachtel said. “I think people are going to see all [of] our hard work paying off this year. I think they will notice an improvement in not only dancing but discipline. I feel this team is going to be one of the best to come through the Lionette program.”
The purpose of the tryout process is to push the dancers to reach their full potential.
“I’m a strong believer of tryouts,” captain Sydni Baxter said. “I love having the varsity girls try out for each dance because it pushes the dancers to be better, and I only like to put the ones [in the performance] who really can perform the dances well.”
The tryouts for the competition team will be held on Sept. 6.
“We are having auditions for a competition team and this team will compete at two competitions,” Hachtel said. “They have to meet certain guidelines to make and stay on the competition team. One of my goals this year is to increase the technique level of the team by bringing in master teachers to work with the girls on certain skills each month.”