Dueling Dance Teams


By Julie Ainsley

It’s the battle of the year and the world is watching. Okay, maybe not the world, but the entire VWC community.

Competition runs deep in Marlin country, and not just for volleyball and soccer.

Dancing isn’t for the faint of heart, and a conflict that happened late last year proved it. Sophomore Ashli Eberhardt, former vice-president of The VWC Dance Team is now dancing to a different eight count, more specifically, for the Leading Ladies Dance Crew, where Eberhardt now serves as President.

Students and members of the dance team recall when there was just one dance team.

“I remember the performance at the talent show in 2013,” said sophomore Tiffany Lennon.

Many might wonder what happened to break the unity in this team. It seems that the major cause of the split was opposing interests.

“I liked to do more hip-hop and the president at the time liked to do more jazz. The team could not meet in the middle, which caused the split,” said Eberhardt. “Nothing was getting done.”

The Leading Ladies are now becoming a household name. They pull several of their routines from the styles of hip-hop and step.

“We are performing at Air-Band, Homecoming, and are trying to create flash-mobs,” said Eberhardt.

The VWC Dance Team is still dancing as well.

“As of right now, we are performing at the Homecoming Parade and the basketball games,” said Freshman Mary-Rae Ratigan, a new member of the team.

They try to incorporate a plethora of dance styles such as ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary into their many routines.

The burning question still remains, will the two dance teams ever try to perform together? As of now, it is up in the air.

“It is a ‘probably’ for right now,” said Eberhardt.

There is only one certainty, the entire VWC community will want to see the hopeful reunion.