The Morgan High School Troyettes went into Friday night’s Region 10 3A drill team competition ready to show off their impressive skills as well as hoping to prove they are a serious contender. With the MHS gymnasium filled with people and palpable enthusiasm, the Troyettes went head to head with dancers from Juan Diego, Uintah and Union.
Having overcome many obstacles during the past several years, the team’s dedication, determination and hard work paid off as they took home the third place finish. Uintah placed first and Union took second in the competition. With the top three teams advancing to the state competition, the Troyettes are already preparing for the State Drill Team Championships to be held in Orem Feb. 1.
Troyette CoachTammi Niederhauser couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.
“Being put into a new region this year really pushed us to overcome our doubts,” Niederhauser said. “Uintah has won first place in state the past two years and Union has also consistently placed in state. We knew our region was going to be tough and we just had to believe in ourselves and rise to the competition. It meant a lot to advance to state and we hope to show the other 3A schools that Morgan Troyettes a team to be reckoned with now, and especially in years to come. Our program is going to continually get stronger from here on out. This is just the beginning!”
While many athletes play sports spanning a two to three month season it is very different for that of a dancer. Having started all the way back to April of 2013, the 21 girls that make up this year’s team have spent, on average, about 2 ½ hours each day perfecting the skills that make up each routine. Each dancer must learn rhythm, increase flexibility, and be able to execute the various dance skills performed almost weekly at football and basketball games. Throughout the year they spend many hours perfecting the dances they will take to their competitions.
At the state and region competitions, each team is judged in three different divisions—military, dance and character. Timing is everything in the military category as the dance features precision with clean, sharp moves and splits and kicks, often making it a crowd favorite. The Troyettes placed fourth in the Military Division dancing to “Logan’s Run.”
The dance division is a little jazzier, consisting of turns and leaps that emphasize technique, style and interpretation. To “Can’t Hold Us” the Troyettes danced their hearts out securing third place over Juan Diego.
Lightening up the mood and finishing out the competition, the character division’s focus is on developing and portraying a character through creative choreography using music and costumes. The Troyettes danced and brought out their inner nerdiness in true Urkel fashion, for those who remember the popular sitcom Family Matters. With costumes complete with suspenders, high-waisted pants and duct taped glasses, the girls truly entertained the crowd.
After all the dances were finished, the crowd waited hoping their teams would place high enough to advance. Cheers rang out as the Troyettes received the third place score, placing them high enough to go to the state competitions. The girls are very grateful to have so much support and love shown by the school as well as the entire community.
Individual Morgan Troyettes receiving recognition at the region competition included Shaylee Ewing, Erika Fairbanks and Sarah Nye, who were named to the Academic All-State Team. Three Troyettes were also named to the All Region Drill Team. Nacona Campbell, Shaylee Ewing and Sarah Nye were awarded that honor.
Please come support the 2013-14 Troyettes at the state championships to be held Feb. 1 at Utah Valley University. The Troyettes will then have the privilege of competing at the USA Nationals in Anaheim, Calif., this March. To earn money for their trip they have a Princess Tea Party fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 13 for all girls ages 3 years to fifth grade. They will also be holding an Ultimate Yard Sale the first part of March.
Also keep an eye out for the “Future Troyette” clinic which will be held March 17, 18 and 19 for young girls in K-eighth grade. The performance will be held at the annual “Night Out with the Troyettes” on March 20. The cost will be $30 and each girl will get a t-shirt, instruction and the opportunity to perform at “Night Out” along with two tickets for accompanying guests.
Beginning the end of March, the Troyettes will host a “Technique with the Troyettes” class to help girls learn dance skills and work on their technique. This will be held March 31-April 2 and is open to all MMS and MHS girls. Costing just $20 it will be a great preparation to get the girls ready for the auditions for the 2014-15 team, which take place April 9-11.