The Art of Dance

The advantage of dance is it combines athleticism and expression, according to Kasey Jorgensen.

“For me it’s a challenge, and it’s also a really cool way to express myself outside of anything else I’ve ever done,” Jorgensen said. “I’ve done the sports, and I dropped that because dance means a lot to me.

“Endurance is a big part of all our routines, because by the end it’s hard not to be dead, and keep your energy up.”

A freshman at Iowa Central Community College, Jorgensen has been in studio dance for nine years, and is one of the 12 young women performing at the annual Curtain Call show this week.

The show will feature both the women’s dance team and the all-male hip-hop crew, Team Uneek. This is a fundraiser to send the women’s team to the National Dance Alliance championship in Daytona Beach, Fla., April 10 through 14.

Team Uneek has 10 members this year, and like the women’s team, performs at every home football game and some of the home basketball games.

The show will include solo dances by the graduates, dancers from Hollingsworth School of Dance and the Dance Connection from Webster City, and a final co-ed number combining Team Uneek with the women’s dance team.

Dance coach Cassidy Vermeer said the dancers are working hard on their routine for nationals.

“We’re getting there. We’re practicing every day long hours,” she said.

Curtain Call will feature that routine and many others, she said, drawing from a wide variety of styles – jazz, hip-hop, some lyrical, contemporary and pom.

“My favorite is hip-hop and jazz, because you can show your personality more,” said sophomore dancer Karli Payer.

The national routine will incorporate both styles along with pom, she said.

The team competed at the state competition last fall and got first place in jazz and second in hip-hop, Vermeer said.

The challenge is to get everything perfectly together, said Payer.

“Nationals is a really big competition,” she said. “We want to be as precise and together as possible.”