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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Young Dancers To Perform With Orange Pride

By Nanette Craig
The Huntsville Item

It wasn’t cold enough for rosy cheeks Saturday, but there were plenty of girls whose smiles were framed by them yesterday at Sam Houston State University’s Health and Kinesiology Center.

Girls of various ages participated in a dance clinic sponsored by the SHSU Orange Pride dance team. This is the second camp held this year and the first year the dance team has held the dance clinic.

“We plan to make this a yearly event,” said Orange Pride dance coach Allyson Ramsey.

Today at the 3 p.m. Bearkat women’s basketball game against Arkansas Little-Rock, the young dancers will have the opportunity to perform at the half-time performance with the Orange Pride.

The girls were split into different ability levels and with the guidance of the Orange Pride dancers, learned two dances. They performed for proud parents and supporters before the clinic ended for the day.

Smiles lit up some faces while others had more serious looks of concentration. All were focused on getting each move right, watching their coaches and keeping one eye on their audience, all at the same time.

The beginner group was the largest with 10 young dancers. Orange Pride member Gloria Smith helped with the group and has now acquired many new fans.

“They were great to work with,” she said.

Smith likes working with kids and with the help of two other Orange Pride dancers taught the girls a routine to “Santa Baby.”

Smith said the biggest challenge was their attention span but “we worked through it.”

Billie Lyons, a student at SHSU, takes her 9-year-old daughter Elizabeth to the games on campus and said she loves to see the Orange Pride dance.

“This was the first time for her to participate in something like this and she just loved it,” said Lyons.

Lyons said Elizabeth will be getting dance lessons for Christmas this year and she can’t wait to start.

A real treat for the girls was to have a front row seat to see the Orange Pride team perform following their young students’ performances.

All the proceeds from the dance clinic help send the dance team to Daytona Beach, Fla. in April for the televised National Dance Association competition.

The Orange Pride dance team performs at each home football game as well as the men and women’s basketball games. They will be selling calendars also to help with the cost of going to Florida.

If interested in future dance clinics, contact the Spirit Programs by calling 294-3861.

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