Tolton's first dance team impresses crowd at Friday's game

Saturday, August 30, 2014 | 12:46 a.m. CDT; updated 7:37 a.m. CDT, Saturday, August 30, 2014
The Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School dance team held its first-ever performance during the matchup against Lutheran St. Charles High School on Friday.

COLUMBIA — Bedazzled baby blue bows started to slip from the dancers' heads as Fr. Tolton Catholic High School's dance team performed at the Trailblazers' football game Friday.

Whipping their heads, some of girls on the 10-member dance team noticed their pony tail holders couldn't hold down their bows. Dance instructors and MU sophomores Liz Korn and Tara Stewart attempted to pin down the hair accessories, as the team danced through its first-ever performance.

"Everyone must be uniform," Stewart said, as she slipped black bobby pins into a dancer's hair.

Under the direction of Korn, Stewart and fellow MU sophomore Laura Edlow, Tolton rolled out its dance team Friday during the school's 41-20 loss to Lutheran St. Charles.

Tolton head cheer coach Laura Sasser hired the trio through the Universal Dance Association earlier this year after assessing the need for a dance team last winter. Sasser said many girls were interested in joining and most knew each other outside the team.

"A dance team adds an element of pizzazz and wow," said Sasser, who mainly works with the Tolton cheerleaders. "It makes the high school experience more well-rounded."

The three instructors, who all have dance experience, worked this week to help solidify Tolton's dance team. Korn said she was nervous about the team's performance going into Friday because she just joined last week. The team, however, had been practicing since July.

"Since they're all new, they've come from all different dance backgrounds, so it's hard for them to adjust to how we want them to look," Korn said.

Korn and Stewart assisted their team on the ground the entire night, fixing bows and reminding the dancers what they needed to do. At halftime, Korn snapped a video of their first big performance on the field in front of the school. Stewart first bit her lip, before smiling at the dance team.

Twisting to the song "Happy," the dance squad was showered with cheers from the crowd. At the end of the performance, Korn and Stewart shook their hands in the air and yelled.

Later, the dancers posed for photos with the crowd.

"All my friends cheering was really uplifting," Tolton sophomore dancer Cassie Edmiston said, bow neatly pinned. "I'm proud to be part of a great team."

The dance team will perform at all of Tolton's home football games, and Edlow said she expects the team to participate in competitions later this year.

Tolton plays Kennedy High School next week in Columbia.

Supervising editor is Raymond Howze.

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