Two dancers from Sioux Falls are in the national spotlight this week. Though they went to different high schools, Brooke Peterson and Sierra Nelson are now at the same university celebrating the same National Championship.
We talked with the dancers over video chat to learn more about their road to victory.
Brooke Peterson and Sierra Nelson danced together for eight years at Champion Legacy Dance Academy. We actually spoke with the girls last year, as they prepared for a world competition in high school.
In Orlando this past weekend, the young women were able to live out another dream together.
“The greatest feeling in the world. We worked so hard for this. To have all of our hard work pay off is the best feeling in the world,” said Sierra Nelson, Ohio State dance team member.
The girls are two of only eight freshmen dancers at Ohio State this year, and helped bring back to campus the Universal Dance Association’s National Champion trophy in Poms.
“Going in with the team winning two national titles last year, the eight of us definitely felt that pressure. But finally winning it really felt really good,” said Brooke Peterson, Ohio State dance team member.
“Walking in there representing Ohio State was such a cool feeling. All eyes were on us and we just had to stay in the zone and remember that we came there basically for a job. It was like a business trip,” said Nelson.
With such a big win in the books already, the girls have big dreams for the next few years and beyond.
“Every year we try to come in with a different motto and be a different team than who we are from last year. To try to build off of that. So hopefully more national championships in the future,” said Peterson.
“Yeah, our team motto this year was Eyes Up. And that was just kind of a reflection on the year before that on how we won two national championships. Not just to go into the season saying, ‘Oh, we want to win two titles.’ That’s obviously our goal, but we wanted to keep our focus on being the best version of ourselves and being the best team we can be,” said Nelson.