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Trojan News: Shining Fame dance team modified season due to COVID-19

Students have had to dance without touching each other and miss out on some important competitions.

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Shining Fame dancers in class during their quarantine. Top left to right: Aaliyah Petersen, Kaylee Raymo, Audrey Gaudian. Middle left to right: Aleigha Gruis, Megan Salinas, Jaelynn Johnson. Bottom left to right: Kennedy Woodbury, Kelsey Vanruler, Kacee Vanruler, Mia McNab, Hattie McNab, Khloe Kennedy. (Trojan News)

WORTHINGTON — In 2020, Worthington’s Shining Fame dance team changed their season because of COVID-19.

Robyn Murphy, studio owner and instructor, explained how she and her dancers have adjusted their season, and how they are going to overcome it.

“It hurts terribly, and it does break me, but at the same time, I know that it’s just how our world is,” Murphy said. “It’s going to happen, and it’s probably not the last time it’s going to happen. We are not the only team it’s going to happen to and has happened to. It has already happened to a lot of people and it will probably continue to happen. We just know we will be grateful for the times we can compete and the time we can perform and showcase everything we have done. There’s a long season ahead of us and a lot of good things are coming, we will come out of this just fine.”

Due to the pandemic, Shining Fame has had a very long season. They started back in July learning their new 2020-2021 season routines. Once school started, the dancers went back to their schedule, going from school to dance even if they were online. These dancers age from 4 to 16 and come from different school districts around Nobles County. With the new schedule for this season, competitive dancers have been focusing more on their competition routines.

“One thing that is different this year is that competitive dancers are more focused on everything they need to do, and up their game competitively. All of their classes and everything they’re doing are specifically designed to help them become a better competitive dancer,” said Murphy.

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Competitive dancers have been focusing on their competitive routines. They added a technique, strengthening and conditioning (TSC) class to help the dancers get stronger. This year 43 dancers have been dancing four routines: pom, lyrical, hip hop and an addition of jazz. Many dancers have either a solo, duet or trio. That’s around 45 competitive routines. They should be competing in eight competitions this season.

“I feel that it is safe because we don’t touch each other, but I wish that we could do our normal stuff,” Kennedy Woodbury, a seventh grader from the senior team, explained.

With rules of COVID-19, the dancers have to socially distance themselves from each other while dancing. There will be no lifts, connected kick lines, or partner tricks. Dancers have taken it seriously but want a normal season back.

Due to an abnormal season, competitive dancers had to quarantine starting Thursday, Nov. 12. Dancers made it through doing online classes on Zoom. They missed their first competition on Nov. 14 in Harrisburg, South Dakota — the Crown Cup Competition hosted by Sioux Falls dance studio Champion Legacy.

“I feel very mad because we worked very hard to go to this competition, and we don’t have another one until January. We have a lot of time to just do nothing, and it really sucks,” Woodbury said.

Despite this, dancers have been doing very well with the changes and doing great both inside and outside the studio. With not being in the studio at the moment because of the government shutting it down, dancers have been working hard to keep dancing and working on routines.

“I actually think they’re doing great. A lot of things have changed in life, in school, and in general in the world. When it comes to dance, they have been just putting everything they have into it, and overcoming everything else in the world. They have just been doing really well,” Murphy said.

The next competition they’re getting ready for will be DX Nationals Americup in Minneapolis. Hopefully they will be able to perform and compete.

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Aaliyah Peterson
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