For the first time, a team from Dynamic Cheer & Dance in Brandon is headed to a worlds dance competition. KELOLAND News had a chance to talk with a team member and coach about the upcoming experience.
“Dance is my life, that’s like the only thing I have time for,” 16-year-old Kaleesta Waysman said.
And now, Waysman is heading off to worlds.
“I’ve heard that it’s really an exciting experience, it’s also very supportive, I’ve heard that many teams cheer each other on, and we’re there to support each other,” Waysman said.
The senior all-stars at Dynamic Cheer & Dance go to the competition next week.
“We’ve been preparing and working really hard, the most exciting part for us is this is our very first worlds dance competition,” said Tracy Kuhn, owner and coach at Dynamic Cheer & Dance. “There’s been teams around the area that have went before, we have never tried to go, we didn’t really have the expectations to go this year.”
But here they are. Kuhn says there will be other area teams there, too.
“We’re just really looking forward to performing and competing and learning from the experience, and we don’t have our expectations set too high, because I think we’ve surpassed everything that we’ve actually wanted to do this year already,” Kuhn said.
Dancing at a high level requires a variety of skills.
“It requires flexibility, it requires technique, it also requires strength, so kind of different elements of different types of sports kind of go into this one,” Waysman said. “You have to be together, you have to have the difficulty in your dance, and doing hard jumps, turns, leaps, you have to have all of these different elements.”