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North Tama dancers ready for solo competition

October 1, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor (cjeilers@traerstarclipper.com) , Traer Star-Clipper

Three members of the North Tama Dance Team (NTDT) will compete in the 2019 Solo Competition at Newton High School November 2 and 3, showing their own individual talents and abilities.

"I am very excited to be taking three talented young ladies to the State Solo competition at Newton High School this year," Becky Adams, North Tama Dance Team Sponsor said. "I really enjoy seeing my dancers at solo competition. It is just them, the stage and their heart. My heart swells with pride seeing them share their talents with others."

According to Adams, each dancer will have to choreograph their own dances and picked their music. Their routine will need to be anywhere from one and half to two minutes. The Traer Star-Clipper sat down with each of the three dancers to discuss their passion for dancing and their solos.

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From left to right: Megan Popelka, Molly Kvidera and Dylan Rohlfsen will take part in a dance solo competition in early November.

Meg Popelka is in her sophomore year of high school and second year with NTDT. She is the daughter of Chase and Heidi Rohflsen of Dysart.

When did you start picking up dancing? What do you enjoy about dancing?

"I started dancing with a studio in Vinton with Dylan when I was young and when I got to high school, I wanted to join the dance team to support my school. I enjoy dancing because I can perform and practice anywhere."

Favorite dances and why?

"Lyrical and Jazz. I love the emotions you get from them and love dancing to them."

What will you be performing and why did you chose this solo?

"I will be doing a lyrical to 'Mercy' by Brett Young. " like the song and it really hits home for me."

How will you prepare?

"Practice whenever I have time and get the choreography down quickly."

Dylan Rohlfsen is in her sophomore year of high school and second year with NTDT. She is the daughter of Rick and Cheryl Popelka of Traer

When did you start picking up dancing? What do you enjoy about dancing?

"I started dancing with a studio in Vinton when I was three years old and stuck with it because I enjoyed dancing. When I got to high school, I decided I wanted to join the dance team. I enjoy how dancing makes you feel sometimes and being a part of a team."

Favorite dances and why?

"Pom and lyrical. Pom is really upbeat and gets the energy going. Lyrical is flowing, pretty and has a good meaning behind it."

What will you be performing and why did you chose this solo?

"I will be doing a lyrical to "Changes" by XXXTentacion. "I felt the song had a good meaning behind it and it would hit a lot of people."

How will you prepare?

"A lot of practicing, lot stretching and working on my technique."

Molly Kvidera is in her senior year of high school and fourth year with NTDT. She is the senior captain of the team, choreographs the team's routines and is the daughter of Sam and Julie Kvidera.

When did you start picking up dancing? What do you enjoy about dancing?

"I started dancing when I was five years old and I've done it every year since because I love it. I joined NTDT because I watched them at halfitme at basketball and football growing up and it looked like fun. I love to express myself and I love the feeling you get when performing."

Favorite dances and why?

"Lyrical. I like the emotion that comes behind it. I enjoy watching lyrical the most and my favorite to dance to personally."

What will you be performing and why did you chose this solo?

Lyrical to "Life of the Party" by Shawn Mendes. "I like the lyrics and I relate to the song a lot."

How will you prepare?

"I need to first choreograph it and then do it in front of the team a few times. I've never done a solo competitively before and need to get the nerves out."

Soloists are judged on several categories and sub-categories. First, the dancers are judged on appearances, including their outfits, grooming and overall appearance. Second, their choreography is judged on originality, difficulty, variety and if the music suits the routine. Third, their technique is assessed based on articulation, posture, completion of movements and style. Fourth, general execution/effect judged on confidence, poise, timing, strength/interpretation of movement and use of performance area. Finally, showmanship for audience appeal, energy level, facial expressions and projection.

"It's not every year do we have soloists, just depends," Adams said. "I prepare them with practicing with them, have them do their dance in front of their peers for feedback and to get the jitters out. I am able to be with them back stage so I prepare them and keep them calm by just coaching them through the process, making sure they feel very prepared beforehand."

 
 

 

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