On Sunday March 6th, the C.W. Post dance team competed in the New England Dance Championship. On the way up to the competition they stopped in Bridgeport, Connecticut to cheer for the Men’s and Women’s basketballs teams to their ECC victories. But after watching a win it was time to take home a victory of their own.
They competed against such schools as Oneonta and Adelphi and by the end of the day they danced their way into a second place victory in the open jazz competition, missing first by just three points to Endicott College, and winning best choreography out of any college team at the competition.
After a long day the twelve girls on the team, Coach Kelley May, and Assistant Coach Tara Macfarlane were nothing but smiles and full of excitement. The girls had used a routine they had been working on months before the competition. The team started practicing for the competition just a few weeks after winter break and practiced for three hours every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday until the competition, giving their all at every practice so that they would hear their names called into the winners circle.
After all the hard work finally paid off and the girls received their well-deserved trophies, Coach Kelley May was quoted as being “thrilled with their performance and hard work ethic the girls had learned in the competition process. Their commitment and dedication to the team really paid off in the end.” One dancer, Briana Nussbaum was “so excited! We all threw our arms in the air and cheered with excitement! We couldn’t believe it! It was the best feeling!”
Most importantly all the girls were just glad that their hard work really did pay off. “Coming in second place, only losing by 0.3, was amazing-all of our hard work, time, and dedication had paid off and we all couldn’t have been more proud…,” dance team member Emily Sciortino said. Captain Rosanne Goodman not only attributed their success to the team’s hard work and perseverance but to their coach. “I want to thank our coach Kelley for becoming a part of our team this year and completely transforming us into a collegiate team. She’s an incredible coach who is not only talented but also committed to the success of each dancer on the team. She’s been an incredible asset to our team.”
Next year the dance team will look to add to their victory by going to Orlando, Florida and competing in the Universal Dance Association Nationals. Right now the team is looking forward to auditions on Saturday April 9th from noon until four in the Pratt Multipurpose room, where anyone with any form of dance experience can try out become part of the team.