CEDAR RAPIDS — Participating in a collegiate sport is an ambitious goal, but senior Cassidy Erner plans to make this a reality.
A senior at Xavier, Erner started dancing when she was 6 and competing when she was 12 at The Dancer’s Edge (TDE). She also was on the Xavier dance team as a freshman and sophomore, placing fourth at Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association state solos as a freshman and second as a sophomore.
Now, she plans to try out for the University of Iowa Dance Team in May.
“I’ve wanted to dance in college ever since I started competing at my studio in sixth grade,” Erner said.
The Iowa Dance Team held its annual tryout prep clinic on Nov. 11. Erner received a tryout video bypass certificate at the clinic, sending her straight to the final tryouts on May 2-4 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. She will have to miss her senior prom on May 3.
“Getting it at the clinic was a good feeling because the coach has seen what I can do and so it’ll help at tryouts,” Erner said. “It will make me less stressed now that I don’t have to make a tryout video.”
Erner has spent countless hours training in the studio and is happy to see it all pay off.
“At the studio, the amount of hours and master classes help me improve technique,” Erner said. “I have improved my dance ability in ways I never could’ve imagined in just two short years.”
Erner has become a role model to younger students at TDE. Xavier sophomore Kaitlyn Steffen also dances at TDE and has looked up to Erner in her seven years there and has enjoyed watching Erner grow into the dancer she is today.
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“Cassidy inspires me to work hard at practice because she is always putting in 110 percent,” Steffen said. “She has such a unique presence about her when she dances and really conveys the story of a dance, through her movement.”
Erner hopes her talent and leadership skills will all pay off as she auditions to dance as a Hawkeye next year.