NORFOLK, Neb. - Northeast Community College has announced the roster for its new dance team for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. The eight-member, non-competitive squad will perform during the fall and spring semesters during various volleyball and basketball games.
Erika Rupprecht, dance team coach, said two qualified judges selected members of the coed team the night of auditions in late July.
“Twelve dancers registered for tryouts with 10 taking part,” Rupprecht said. “I’m very pleased with the makeup of the team and they’re looking forward to performing at events this fall.”
Auditions focused on each dancer’s individual skills, a 32-count kick line combination they learned that day, a 64-count prepared solo dance that was choreographed by each dancer, and a 64-count hip-hop group dance that was choreographed by Rupprecht that they learned the day of the tryout. Dancers were also judged on their visual appeal/attitudes. Auditions were open to all Northeast students.
The team will practice early Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. They will make their season debut at the Thur., Sept. 2, Northeast-Central Community College volleyball match in the Cox Activities Center on the Norfolk campus. The contest begins at 7 p.m.
Northeast Dance Team members include Maycee Fagan, Fremont; Bri Graf, Denver, Colo.; Sydnei Kemper, Genoa; Jonathan Hernandez, Madison; Rebecca Houtby, Wolbach; Raschell Ping, Wayne; Bridget Rupprecht, Clarkson; and Freya Young, Laurel.
Erika Rupprecht, who also serves as student activities coordinator at Northeast, has a background in dance. She participated in the activity from the time she was five-years old through high school at a dance studio in her hometown of Clarkson. In addition, she and her sister, Rachel, coached the Clarkson-Leigh dance team from 2016 through February of this year.
Members of Northeast Community College’s new dance team include (front row, from left) Freya Young, Laurel; Bri Graf, Denver, Colo.; Bridget Rupprecht, Clarkson; and Maycee Fagan, Fremont. Back row (from left) Raschell Ping, Wayne; Sydnei Kemper, Genoa; Jonathan Hernandez, Madison; and Rebecca Houtby, Wolbach.