Majestics are Kicking Off the School Year
Jen Morrow, Majestics Dance Team Director, explained how Lovejoy High students benefit from being a member of this team, “The Majestics Dance Team benefits not just in bettering their dance and performance skills, but more so their 'life' skills. While being on the team, they learn time management, punctuality, determination, teamwork, leadership, social skills, discipline, responsibility, how to take constructive criticism, how to serve others and the list goes on. The more I direct, the more I value life skills being the most important component of a dance team.”
The Majestics held their summer camp at the end of the school year; the leadership team attended an additional camp. They returned in August to work on their fall routines for football half-times and pep rallies. During the fall, they rehearse Monday through Friday. Morrow said, “Practices include stretching, working on kick technique, polishing routines that we are performing within the next few weeks, and we like to fit in team motivational games. We rarely have a day off. We don't have an off season, so we are constantly working ahead.”
Regarding how incoming freshman are trained, Morrow said, “It all begins in the pre-dance class that students have the option to take during the fall semester. They learn the basics...varying from how to stand, walk and kick like a Majestic, to jazz dance technique. The candidates tryout in December and if they make the team, they stay in the pre-dance class and keep training with me. I am very fortunate to start training them so early; this makes their transition to the team a smooth one.” Requirements to be a part of the Majestics Dance Team include being proficient in flexibility, showmanship, memory, rhythm/timing as well as kick/dance technique.”
The half-time shows will be upbeat, and the music will be performed, Morrow said, “…by our amazing marching band.” She adds, “I was taught ‘you have to have a gimmick.’ You will see the Majestics dance with poms, streamers, large flowy skirts, and of course perform the traditional high kick.”
There are 23 dancers on the team this year (37 last year). Morrow describes what the Majestics will be doing in addition to football practices this year, “This year, our big focus will be community service. ACO, Samaritan Inn, cleaning up the city of Lucas, helping out at our district elementary schools and the list goes on. My team may be small this year, but their hearts are huge and want to serve our community. In addition to community service, we will perform in the Fine Arts Festival at LHS on December 1st. And, as always, we will end our year with our annual spring show. This is a professional show that shows off the team's skill. They perform lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, kick, tap, novelty and hip hop. We like to include other organizations to perform as well. We have a talented community of students/organizations at LHS and we like to show them off as well. Be sure to catch our show on April 4-6, 2019!”
Morrow has been a dance team director for 13 years. This year begins her second year at Lovejoy High School.