By the look on the young dancers’ faces, dreams were in the making Feb. 4 at Woodstock and Woodstock North high schools.
Dance clinics were held that day for girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. Both high schools’ dance teams choreographed and taught halftime dances to be performed by future members of the dance teams.
The 18th annual Sarah McCullagh Dance Clinic at WHS featured girls dressed in a Wonder Woman theme performing a routine to a superhero mix. WHS dance team coach Kim McLaughlin said it was the biggest turnout the school ever had, with 50 girls participating. The kids performed during halftime of the varsity girls basketball game against Larkin in the Shipley Gymnasium.
The event is held in memory of the late McCullagh, a WHS student and pom squad member who died in 1999, just before her senior year was to begin.
“It was fun helping to keep Sarah’s memory alive. She loved poms and smiling. We even have a jump we do every year and we yell her name when we perform it,” said McLaughlin.
Across town, around 40 girls attended the two-hour WNHS dance clinic Feb. 4.
“Live, Love, Dance” WNHS tees were handed out before the participants broke up into smaller groups to learn a halftime dance that will be performed Friday, Feb. 10, during the boys varsity basketball game against Harvard High School.
“We have been putting on some amazing performances and have established some pretty fun traditions over the years like the annual dance clinic,” said Sabrina Nevler, who is in her seventh year as the WNHS dance team coach. “My dancers work hard to choreograph some fun routines for our pommie pals that we hope will set a foundation for them to be a part of the Woodstock North dance team someday. There are many current members on the team who were once pommie pals at our clinics, and now they love to be the ones leading the future Woodstock North dancers. We cannot wait to show off our moves alongside our pommie pals Friday night.”
Hannah Schnulle, who is in her fourth year with the WNHS team, said, “I love seeing smiles on the girls’ faces when dancing with us. It’s my favorite part.”
In the Thunder game Feb. 10, the boys basketball teams will host a “Red Out for Heart Health and Stroke Awareness” event sponsored by the WNHS Future Healthcare Leaders and the Class of 2019. All fans are encouraged to wear red, and donations will be collected to help promote heart health. All who donate will receive a raffle ticket for prizes sponsored by a number of local businesses.
WNHS will host a cheer clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and will perform routines at the varsity basketball game. Sophomore tipoff is 5:45 p.m. The varsity team follows at 7 p.m.