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GBHS danceline does well at first-ever festival
GBHS danceline
Pictured left to right are the Great Bend High School danceline members: Rylee Ayon, Dru Penka, Alyssa Habash, Madison Engle, Abbie Moyers, Jaquelin Barerra, Raven Ellis, Ellie Peters, Jayden Kramer, Brianna Olivas, Kylee Sandy, Kelci Popp, Jayden Roach, Nineth Zuany, Reagan Schridde, Tashauna Arnold, Brooke Vratil and Alivia Bailey. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Great Bend High School Panther danceline traveled to Baldwin City to compete in the Alexandra M. Bergan Cheer and Dance Festival. This is the first time in school history that the Danceline has had the chance to compete against other school’s dance teams, said coach Lindsay Homeier. 

The danceline competed with one contemporary team routine called, “This Is War” and received a 2 rating. This routine was created by coach Homeier to empower the danceline and the audience at the Winter Homecoming halftime performance last Friday. 

One can view their homecoming and competition performances on the Great Bend High School Danceline’ Facebook page. 

“The crowd was silent, and the dancers came together as they performed what we believe to be the most inspirational routine they have done to this day,” Homeier said of the homecoming performance. “The sense of pride the dancers and their parents had after their performance was incredible and something we will strive to bring to the field and gym floor each and every year.”

The danceline is made of up 17 girls and one boy. Of those dancers, five soloists and one ensemble also competed at the festival, the  coach said. Junior Rylee Ayon and freshman Ellie Peters received a 1 rating on their solos, junior Kelci Popp and sophomore Alyssa Habash received a 2 rating on their solos, and sophomore Raven Ellis received a 3 rating on her solo. 

The hip hop ensemble included dancers Rylee Ayon, Alyssa Habash and Popp, and they received a 2 rating. 

The 2020 danceline will perform together one last time at the boys varsity halftime on Saturday, Feb. 22. 

Danceline will hold tryouts for their 2020-2021 season the week after their spring break. 

Clinics will be held from 6-7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 at the high school. Tryouts will take place on Friday, March 20, 4-6 p.m. at the high school.