NORFOLK, Neb. – Members of the Northeast Community College Dance Team do more than rehearse and perform. They work to encourage others interested in dance to achieve their dreams. One opportunity that came the team’s way took place on a recent weekend in Columbus.
Members of the team were among several dance organizations – studios, high schools, and colleges and universities, including Concordia University, Doane University, Midland University, and Central Community College-Columbus – to participate in Columbus High School’s Diamond Dancers’ 21st annual Jam the Gym event. Northeast performed two of the 48 dances during the afternoon - a hip-hop dance and a pom routine.
Erika Rupprecht, dance team coach at Northeast, said the event was a good opportunity for her team members to perform and speak with attendees the many dance opportunities that exist.
“Recruiting is hard to measure,” she said. “I spoke with a few dancers/parents at the Northeast table, but the main recruiting comes from all of these dancers watching the Northeast Dance Team perform and see that we have a dance team.”
Northeast’s eight-member, non-competitive squad has performed during the fall and spring semesters during various volleyball and basketball games. The team has an upcoming performance at the Clarkson Nursing Home in April.
Members of the Northeast Dance Team 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.
Tryouts for the 2022-23 Northeast Dance Team will be held Tue., June 28.
Members of the Northeast Community College Dance Team perform a routine during the final regular games of the college’s men’s and women’s basketball teams recently. Pictured (from left) are Maycee Fagan, Fremont, Freya Young, Laurel, Bri Graf, Denver, Colo., Jonathan Hernandez, Madison, Raschell Ping, Wayne, Bridget Rupprecht, Clarkson, Rebecca Houtby, Wolbach, and Sydnei Kemper, Genoa.