Pewaukee dance team top in state
The Pewaukee Pirates varsity dance team took first place in Division 2 hip-hop on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Wisconsin Association of Pom and Cheer Coaches state championships in La Crosse. Team members are (from left, front) captain Sybelle Gesman, captain Bailee Kussrow, Avalon Gerdman, captain Marisa Hager, captain Ali Kennedy, (second row) Ana Maria Viteri, captain Leah Vetro, Miranda Kozlik, Ali Snyder, Leah Thomson, Lucy Miller (third row) Ashley Martyniak, Natalie Worcester, Daniela Torres, coach Lisa Gerdman, Jessica Brothers, Sophie Barash, Taylor Buchberger, Bri Detlaff and Sarah Teschendorf. See their award-winning routine at www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Nha4fN6Y0. Photo by:
The Pewaukee High School varsity dance team took first place in its division for hip-hop dance at the State Pom and Dance Championship on Feb. 2.
This is the fourth year in a row Pewaukee's team has been a regional winner in Division 2 hip-hop, taking second place at state in both 2011 and 2012. Pewaukee was the state winner for Division 2 hip-hop in 2010.
Coach Lisa Gerdman said the success comes down to practice and preparation.
"We have been practicing since October," she said. "So we were really prepared, and we work really well together."
Senior choreographers Ali Kennedy, Sybelle Gesman, Bailee Kussrow and Marisa Hager were responsible for developing the winning routine and teaching it to the team, the coach said.
The team performs at all home football and basketball games and recently performed at Pewaukee's Winterball pep rally.
Gerdman said that the girls also perform at the boys basketball regional and conference games.
"If they keep winning, we keep dancing," she said.
Gerdman said the team will focus on developing its pom routine for next year. Currently, the team only brings a hip-hop routine to state.
But that might be tough, Gerdman said.
"My team is just a hip-hop team," she said. "They are just fierce, and they like to dance hip-hop."
Fans can watch the winning performance at www.foxsportswisconsin.com/pages/prepzone_stream.
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