Organized chaos. That’s what you get when you pair aggressive athletes with controlled dancers. You also get entertainment.
For the fourth annual Dancing With the O Club Stars event, 18 OHS athletic letter-winners are paired with dance team and show choir members to perform a three-minute dance of their own creation in any genre of music or dance they choose. Whether it’s dancing to rock and roll, hip-hop, swing, waltz or eastern European music, each team has to practice a minimum of eight hours and some of them just started practicing on Monday afternoon.
Kirkham Beatse, a junior show choir member, is trying to teach some middle eastern Indian dance moves to senior track and basketball star Kelsey Kjome, a newcomer to the dancing competition.
“I’ve watched it for years before and I thought it was entertaining,” she said. When health teacher and O Club adviser Curt McIlquham asked her to participate, Kjome decided to be part of the entertainment.
Her partner has been fretting over the show. Not over Kjome’s performance, although they had only been practicing for two hours. He’s more concerned over the choreography and music, since it’s the dance person’s job to pick a genre, a piece of music and choreograph the entire routine. The two wanted to stand out in the crowded field of contestants so they chose Indian music and Bollywood dance moves.
“I thought it would be fun,” Beatse said.
Fun is what seniors Kimberly Bingham and Keaton Bronston set out to accomplish with their “random fun dancing” routine. Bingham, a member of the dance team, is trying to teach Bronston, a hockey player and golfer, some ballet and hip-hop moves.
“It’s funny,” Bronston said of the routine. Most of the funny, he said, comes from him.
“I’m a terrible dancer,” he admitted.
“He’s actually good on the turns,” Bingham said.
Seniors Keagan Walz and Morgan Poss are pinning their hopes of a win on style. They’ve named their hip-hop routine “The Style of Dance.”
Poss, a cross-country and soccer athlete, said it’s challenging keeping up with Walz, a show choir member.
“He makes it seem so natural,” Poss said. “I have to make it look natural for me.”
The judges will have their work cut out for them at the event. Judges for the night are Paul Gulsvig (retired OHS choral director), Jennifer Livingston (Channel 8 TV) and Chad Lindblom (current OHS choral director).
The show will be emceed by Holland Kabat and Kellen Gorman. The OHS Business Club will perform skit advertisements for the sponsors of the event.
Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door if any are left. The 700 available seats are usually sold out in advance. Tickets are available at the OHS office during school hours or from one of the dancing participants.