The Truckers will soon have a dance team, thanks to the efforts of Caitlin Werder and Kim Pribyl. Werder is a teacher within the district, while Pribyl is an officer with the Clintonville Police Department. Both have extensive experience with various aspects of dance.
The dance team, which will be open to Clintonville High School students, is expected to be introduced with the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Tryouts will begin near the end of April, and the team will practice through the summer.
“My background is in high school dance, both as a participant and a coach. I have also judged dance competitions for several years,” said Pribyl. “When I came here, there was no team, so Caitlin and I decided to work together to put one together.”
“I danced at a private school in Minnesota,” explained Werder. “I have also taught dance, competed, and done choreography.”
The duo hopes to assemble a team that will support school activities and community events by sharing their dance routines.
The team will require a serious level of commitment and dedication from participants, as their season will likely go year-round. Both Werder and Pribyl hope the team can compete at dance competitions once they get in sync.
“The county doesn’t have many strong programs other than Waupaca’s,” said Pribyl. “We hope to put together a team that can compete on that same level.”
Werder said her skills compliment Pribyl’s, and vice-versa.
“We’re both skilled in different areas, so we’re learning from each other and we feel our combined knowledge will really benefit the team,” said Werder.
Pribyl said help is needed with fundraising efforts, since the team will not be financially supported by the school district.
“It will cost about $45 to become a member, plus the cost of shoes, tights, and warm-ups. So, we’re hoping to fundraise and we need parents and volunteers to help us do that,” said Pribyl. “We are looking at holding a silent auction, and donations of packages or products from local businesses would be greatly appreciated.”
According to Werder, student interest so far has been positive.
“We put out an announcement about the team a month ago,” she said. “We also put out a sign-up sheet and held a meeting. We had about 20 girls, which was great. We are starting prep technique classes Mondays and Thursdays after school, and our goal is to encourage the girls that are interested and help build their strength. No dance experience is necessary. We will teach choreography, muscle memorization, and all the other important techniques.”
“We want to make Clintonville look good,” said Werder. “This will be a team that the school and community can be proud of.”
“We hope that our team will be recognized just like any other sport, because dance is a sport,” added Pribyl. “We want to get to the point where our team is as good as the one in Waupaca. Their team is very well coached and has a great reputation, and we want to have the same quality program here.”
To learn more about the team or to become involved in fundraising efforts, contact Werder via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.