Diamonds polishing for final show
The De Soto High School Diamonds are working hard on this year's spring show.
The dance team took over the Lexington Trails Middle School auditorium this week as it began practice for its third annual show, which will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the middle school. The show is intended as a fund-raiser and special community event for the team. Tickets for the event are $5 and desserts cost $1.
A week before practice, team coach Amanda Wilkins told the girls they wouldn't be able to get some of the music they planned to use for a dance. Instead, the girls decided to choose a new piece, which meant they had to learn an entire new dance routine by Saturday.
"They've learned a whole dance in less time than that," Wilkins said. "Once we had to learn it in three days. They'll work very hard on this."
She said the dancers typically spend several hours after school, sometimes even mornings before school, to get ready for the show. The team of 16 De Soto High School students has a few graduating seniors who will be dancing as Diamonds for their final time.
Senior Brianna Cooper said she enjoyed her years on the dance team. On Saturday, her father will join other Diamonds dads to perform "She's a Lady" by Tom Jones.
Senior Morgan Kopecky spent the last three years on the dance team.
"I've been dancing for a long time, and it's fun to do with my friends," she said.
Between dance numbers, students will perform forensics routines and sing. The dance team will have a variety of dances -- even clogging.
Sophomore Michaela Frehe said she'd clog dance along with her two sisters.
"Last year it was so much fun," she said. "Everybody has a great time."
Several Starside Elementary School girls will join the high school girls for one dance.
Cooper asked Wilkins if they should use props for the "Car Wash" dance with the younger girls.
"You know they'll want to do everything we're doing," she said. "They might get confused."
The team even convinced high school boys to take part in one dance.
"You have to beg them," sophomore Savannah Rawie said. "If you can get one guy, you have to go to his friends."
The team is also selling desserts before and after their performance to help raise money. Wilkins said the funds were needed for camps, travel and especially uniforms. She said it could cost around $50 for a uniform consisting of a simple top and pants. Putting school logos on the uniform costs extra.
"They're so expensive to buy for 16 to 18 girls," she said.
Wilkins said the team was especially grateful for the parents who bring dinners during practice and help support the team.
The Diamonds have had try outs for next year, and 12 girls will be dancing. Wilkins said there were many benefits to being on the team, besides exercise and learning coordination.
"It teaches them to work, and the responsibility of carrying their own weight as a team," she said. "You get out of it what you put into it. They've improved so much since the beginning of the year."