Captains

Meet the Captains photo with the three girls

                                       Lauren Chan

Lauren Chan dancing

I decided to tryout for dance team very impulsively in 8th grade. I went into it thinking it would just be a fun activity to do after school. I didn’t know that I would be overwhelmed with a huge sense of culture,  passion, dedication, and handwork. I am so glad I decided to try out for this team because I now consider it to be like a second family. Starting on b squad and moving up to varsity, I know first hand that anyone can achieve what they want on dance team with hard work. Everyone has potential to succeed. They pantherette legacy is legendary. I now truly understand that the Pantherettes stand by great morals and goals that help all these girls develop into great young women and dancers.

 

Hanna Rademacher

Hanna Rademacher dancing

I joined the Pantherettes when I was in 7th grade. After being on the team for five years I can definitely say that it was the best decision I have ever made. Being on the Spring Lake Park Dance Team has allowed me to grow in so many aspects of my life, l have not only grown in my dance ability, but I have also grown as a young woman and and leader. So I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to captain this team and help young dancers grow the same way I did! I can wait to see where this season brings us!!

 

 

                                           McKenna VanDenTop

McKenna VanDenTop dancing

When I first moved to Blaine in 2014 I was going to be in eighth grade and immediately tried out for the Spring Lake Park dance team. It was the best decision I ever made. Dance team not only helped me create friendships, but has helped me become a stronger leader and overall person. I hope to continue installing these vital qualities of a young woman into each pantherette. This season I will be a senior captain and I am honored to have received the position. I was also a captain for the previous season so I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to grow as a leader once again. I can not wait to lead along side the two other captains and learn from them. This team has unbelievable potential that will push us to the next level. I am excited to see where passion, purpose, and lots of hard work takes us!

Captain Q&A logo photo

We are the captains of the Spring Lake Park Dance Team. Many girls may not know what joining a dance team entails, so together, we have compiled a few points that are essential to know when you join a dance team. We hope in writing this, it allows any current or prospective dance team members to learn what it's like to be apart of the greatest sport in Minnesota. Primarily, dance team teaches you to have grit; mentally and physically. The sport is as demanding as any other MSHSL sport. We happily dedicate large amounts of time to bettering our abilities, so it is important to be focused on your team goals as well as your personal ones. If this sport has taught us anything, it is the importance of teamwork.

Dance Team is about trying to lift up those around you.

We are given team "sisters" as a way of forming a special bond with a fellow teammate as well as helping each other achieve goals. We focus on being team-oriented. We sweat together, we push through ceilings together, we win together, and we lose together. Dance team is inclusive, regardless of what team you make (B-squad, JV, Varsity). Dance team is the best choice each of us has ever made, and we encourage every girl to give it a try. You might just fall in love, like we did!

Q&A with our Captains

What has been your favorite memory of high school dance team?

LC: My favorite memory of high school dance team was when we won sections champs in 2017. That year, the competition was very close. Every day we worked with the same goal in mind. We danced every practice like we were performing. I remember my mom saying that when we did our kick dance at sections, she could feel the passion and energy of our dancing. She could tell how much we really wanted to win just by watching us perform. When we won, I remember crying until my eyelashes came off. I was so happy that our hard word paid off, it was truly the best feeling in the world.

HR: I joined the Pantherettes when I was in 7th grade. After being on the team for five years I can definitely say that it was the best decision I have ever made. Being on the Spring Lake Park Dance Team has allowed me to grow in so many aspects of my life, l have not only grown in my dance ability, but I have also grown as a young woman and leader. So I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to captain this team and help young dancers grow the same way I did! I can wait to see where this season brings us!!

MV: My favorite memory of high school dance team is becoming double section champs. Double section champs was our main goal throughout the entire season and working up to that enormous accomplishment was something that brought us closer as a team. The week leading up to sections, we created a mantra, "go for blue". This powerful phrase rang in our ears and our brains that day as we danced our heart out. We left everything out on the floor and our hard work all season truly paid off when we heard our names over the loud speaker. Standing in a line next to your best friends, balling your eyes out, listening to your name on the loud speaker, and watching as a blue medal was placed over your head was a truly unforgettable experience.

When did you begin dancing, where did you begin, and what kind of dance did you do?

LC: I tried out for dance team with very little experience. I had done a few recreational classes at Northern Force Dance Company, but I was never as involved with dance back then as I am now. I consider my true start of dancing to be the point when I tried out for this wonderful team.

HR: I started dance when I was in kindergarten at Jam Hops Dance Connection. At Jam Hops I did all kinds of styles of dance, consisting of, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary.

MV: I grew up in Mankato, MN and first started dancing at the age of 4 at Dance Express. I continued dancing there until the age of 13 when I moved to Blaine and began Dance Team. At Dance Express I did jazz and tap until 4th grade when I began trying tons of new styles including ballet, lyrical, and hip hop.

What is your favorite TV Show? 

LC: My favorite show is either Shark Tank or The Office. 

HR: I have always loved Friends, my family and I have been watching that show forever and it never gets old. Another TV show I really Love is Grey's Anatomy, I could watch that show all day without getting tired of it.

MV: My favorite TV show if holiday baking championship because I love food, Christmas, and baking. I also love Jason Smith from Kentucky who won two seasons ago. You go Jason!

What do you want to do when you grow up?

LC: At the moment, I think I want to be an Industrial and Systems Engineer.

HR: When I grow up I want to be a chiropractor and have a family.

MV: I am not certain on what I would like to do after college, but I am very interested in architecture. I love houses and designing things. I also enjoy doing projects where I get to see my vision come to life.

What is the hardest part about dance team?

LC: For me, the hardest part of dance team was getting better at dance. Since I did not come from a large background of dance, it was hard for me to learn the new techniques and skills. I worked hard every day, and I would get frustrated because I did not see results. The hardest part was having the motivation to keep going and keep working hard. My team mates gave me lots of support and encouragement to keep working, and then one day things just clicked and I started to see myself growing so much as a dancer and a person. 

HR: Some people look at dance they don’t think it’s a sport, but they don’t know all the stamina we have to have to do the dances that we do. Some of the workouts that we do are really tough and they really push us, but we know that whatever we are doing is going to help us in the long run!

MV: The hardest part of dance team is the stamina. During my first year on the team I really struggled with mental toughness, but I have grown and I am now able to push myself despite the nagging voice that informs my body to stop.

What are you most passionate about in life?

LC: I am most passionate about improving. I love trying something new and setting my mind to it. When I see myself improving or accomplishing goals in school, dance, or life, I always get very excited. I strive to keep improving and bettering myself and by team because the feeling of success is incredible.

HR: I would say that I am most passionate about dance. I love dancing so much I literally can’t live without it, when the season ends and I can’t go to practice every day it’s so weird so I start looking for classes I can take so I can keep dancing and growing during off season!

MV: I am most passionate about dance. Dance is definitely my life, it is what I look forward to everyday during the school year and the thought of dance helps me push through a long day. Dance has always helped me let my emotions loose and allowed me to express myself in unique ways.