SunDancers Dance on Despite Pandemic

By Katie Hendler, Yearbooker

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  • SunDancers gather on zoom for the first day of line camp, before school starts, to discuss the year. At line camp, the dancers practice some of their routines as well as team bonding exercises.

    Photo By Katie Hendler

  • Veronika Croan '22 shows off her dance skills in front of colorful street art over the summer. Croan practices her moves in and out of school.

    Photo By Katie Hendler

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On Tuesday, Aug.11, the SunDancers started their first virtual rehearsals. Each dancer prepared to start this year differently than ever done before, with a zoom link, and an open dance floor, to learn about what the year is going to look like for a competitive drill team in the Covid-19 era.

Although team members miss having regular rehearsals, they are still able to have successful practices and class times, and learn routines, as well as spend some time with their squads and friends.

“My opinion on virtual rehearsals is that they are actually going very well. Honestly, it is a bit harder to learn via zoom because of the delay, mirroring, and music. However, there is a lot of communication going on and if I ever have any issues I know there are people who would be more than willing to help,” Veronika Croan ‘22 said. “Becoming closer with the SunDancers and managers is difficult because there is no time to speak or joke around.”

The team is still working hard to prepare for performances, even during these uncertain times. While it is still unknown about which performances are going to be possible for the team, they are working just as hard as previous years at practices.

“I am preparing for performances as I normally would. I am giving 200% in rehearsal, taking outside dance classes, and going over the dances on my own. I am keeping the hope we will have the opportunity to perform,”Croan said.

Returning members reflect on their previous years in SunDancers, comparing it with this year, as they hope for things to go back to normal and continue the year as previously planned.

“Online rehearsals are a lot different than in-person practices; technology can be finicky and not nearly as reliable as in-person practice is,” Josie Herrin ‘21 said. “I hope SunDancer members will be able to see each other and be able to practice and perform safely together!”

The SunDancers are very excited for their first performance of the year, currently scheduled for September 3rd at the football game at Roundrock High School.