Senior Ballet Squad

Dancers leap during one of their ballet performances. This is the result of three and a half hours of practice everyday after school. Kate Delon said, “Some dancers are better at jumping, while others are better at twirling." Photo By Kate Delon

Dancers leap during one of their ballet performances. This is the result of three and a half hours of practice everyday after school. Kate Delon said, “Some dancers are better at jumping, while others are better at twirling.” Photo Contributed By Kate Delon

Kate DeLon (12), Amanda Erbe (12) and Allison Trittschuh (12) are students by day, and dancers in the evening. The three athletes have invested at least 12 years of their lives into their passion: ballet.

These seniors have three and a half hours of practice immediately after school. While demanding, the three dancers find themselves still able to succeed in school and socially. They get to spend time with friends during ballet class. While they are forced to do homework afterwards, this doesn’t limit their ability as a students.

“I do wish I could go to more football games, but other than that, I don’t mind.” Erbe said.

The three started dance because of their parents. Erbe was the only girl in a family full of boys. Her mom hoped to get her to meet some more girls her age through dance. DeLon enjoyed dancing around the house, and their parents decided to capitalize on this enthusiasm and put her in dance.

I was very energetic and clumsy as a kid. The classes were a way to let off extra energy and learn discipline,” Trittschuh said.

Ballet takes the cake as the favorite for the three dancers. Ballet has an extensive history and is a way of telling a story. While ballet was their main style of dance, the three athletes also invested their time into other forms.

“You have to learn tap and jazz, and I liked those styles, but they aren’t as good as ballet. They just aren’t as exhilarating or rewarding on stage,” DeLon said.

DeLon, Erbe and Trittschuh all agree: the best moment is performing on stage for an audience. The exhilarating reward of the stage. Nutcracker, the classic ballet, is a favorite of the three. The dancers are excited for this year, as it will be their last one together.

“This year we will be doing Cinderella,” DeLon said.

DeLon and Erbe are excited to pursue dance in collage. Trittschuh on the other hand, doesn’t plan on doing dance in collage.

I won’t be dancing in college. I am hoping to major in architecture instead,” Trittschuh said.

The current show, Cinderella, have tickets on sale now for the showings on October 22, 23, 24, and 25.

By Quinn Murray

murray.quinn@oakwoodschools.org

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