CEDAR RAPIDS — Four years can lead to a lifetime of friendships.
The captains for the Xavier Dance Team strive to make sure each member cares about their routines as much as they care about each other.
The four senior captains — Caroline Richardson, Mary Tallet, Sidney Scott and Erin Smith — have been competing together since their freshman year. Each season, they make new memories that enhance the old ones. These senior girls have a passion to make sure this year’s team leaves its mark on Xavier High School.
“I never knew I could care about a group of girls as much as I care about XDT,” Richardson said.
The captains have worked to ensure each teammate feels included, making Xavier Dance Team not just a team, but a family. The captains are willing to hold extra practices and host team bondings in order to make this team special.
“My favorite part about dance team is the team element,” Tallett said. “When we dance, we dance as a team not a bunch of individuals. We truly rely on each other.”
Tallett also said this experience is something she will never forget. It is something only people on a team understand — the connections, experiences and lessons learned will help her throughout life, she said.
“To start, we have a new coach and a new name, but above all we have a new mind-set and a new drive to actually be successful, and not just have fun,” Scott said.
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The new coach, Jess Novotny, has brought something to the team that was hard to find in the past. The excitement and passion she brings has helped motivate the seniors to lead the team to a state championship. Novotny stresses the importance of hard work and family ties.
Throughout the last four years, these seniors have made many memories. They have been able to show their teammates how important and lasting these relationships are.