For most team sports, people are always looking to draw comparisons. They’re looking for a way to connect teams of today to teams of yesterday and teams of tomorrow. It’s not always so easy. But in dance, it is.
As dance is scored in the same format year after year, it’s easy for a coach to look at her team and say exactly how they stack up against years past. And in that case, Magic Dance Coach Bree Lunemann has to like what she is seeing.
“This season already is a big jump,” said Lunemann. “I feel like we’re starting where we ended last year, which is a good thing.”
She wasn’t quite as sure just a week ago. When her dance team took the floor at halftime of a boys basketball game, she wasn’t sure they were ready for the stage. They were.
“I was just stunned,” admitted Lunemann. “They didn’t look that ready [in practice].”
Monday night, the Starettes proved it wasn’t a flash in the pan. The dance team averaged a 53 at their season opening home jazz meet, good for second place amongst the three teams there. Monticello came in behind perennial power Rogers, but finished ahead of Buffalo.
Lunemann says much of the credit for the team’s early success goes to her captains, and only seniors, Lynn Nieman and Monica Maher.
Nieman was instrumental in leading the team through offseason workouts while Maher was involved with other sports. And now that they’ve been able to work together as leaders, the results have been noticeable.
“They’re doing an incredible job,” said Lunemann.
But, Monticello isn’t ready to rest on its laurels quite yet. Lunemann believes one of the biggest reasons for the continued growth of success in the program is that her girls are starting to understand her expectations. Those won’t get lower anytime soon.
“I’m really excited for our team this year,” said Lunemann. “I have really high expectations and I think they’re going to blow them out of the water.”
The Starettes travel to Albany Saturday for their next meet, before beginning prep work for the large Maple Grove meet which is scheduled for Dec. 15.