PHS Pulse Dance Team attends summer camp ‘just for kicks’

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The 10 members of the PHS Pulse Dance Team won a gang of ribbons, medals and certificates at dance camp. Showing their awards are, front row from left, Jasmin Gonzalez, Lauren Benjamin and Delaney Eiteman; back row from left, Nathaly Ramirez, Hannah Oliver, Madyson Hill, Saydee Strough, Ciera Bronnenberg, Star Love and Lainey Thomason. Dancer Gaby Chavez is not pictured. Team members unable to attend the camp included Chloe Ballard, Fatima Hurtado and Samantha Macias.

Ten members of the PHS Pulse Dance Team attended the Just for Kix Dance Camp June 27-30 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

Dancers from about 20 dance teams and several studios around the Midwest — from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin — spent four days honing their skills in a number of intensive sessions.

Faye Southward, PHS Pulse Dance Team coach, said the young dancers learned various dance routines and took technique classes, participated in team building activities and competed in home routine and dance skill contests.

Standouts on the PHS Pulse squad included PHS junior Star Love, who was a semifinalist in the toe touch contest, and junior Ciera Bronnenberg and sophomore Delaney Eiteman placed in the top five in the leaps contest.

As a team, the Pulse dancers placed second in the home routine competition for the second year in a row.

“This was a notable achievement,” Southward said, “because several of the members of the team have only been dancing for about four weeks.”

The PHS team was also recognized for participating in all the optional events at the camp and received a certificate for attending the camp for nine consecutive years.

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