ADSS dance and cheer teams ready to perform at Totem 66 – Port Alberni Valley News
The Totem 66 basketball tournament was scheduled for January 6-8, 2022. Recent public health orders canceling all tournaments mean the Totem 66 will look different. The organizers will not know until at least January 5 if they will be able to postpone or organize the event as a showcase for the ADSS teams.
Totem, the oldest high school basketball tournament in British Columbia, isn’t just about what happens on the court. Secondary activities are just as important to the students at Alberni District Secondary School.
Two teams that traditionally make crowds cheer before any warning are the ADSS Dance and Cheer teams. “It adds an atmosphere,” says Olivia Warman, who plays for the Armada senior women’s basketball team. “This is the upper level. It makes you really excited and ready to play. Just the support adds a whole new level to the experience.
Coach Ryan Broekhuizen says he enjoys the cheering and dancing team performances “because it brings a variety of people to watch basketball,” he said.
“It introduces a bunch of new people to sports – maybe someone’s little brother or sister comes to see their sister dance and decides they like the game. So exposure to sports is important to me. .
This year’s dance team is going back to their 8th grade roots for inspiration.
“The dance we’re doing this year is really special for the grade 12 students,” said Madeline Joseph, a grade 12 dancer and also a Totem Spirit contestant. “This is the dance we performed when we were in 8th grade. We thought it would be fun to take it back for our final year.
It was also the year the dance team won Totem Spirit with a contestant, they add.
The dance team usually lines up by level, with new grade 8 dancers on the bottom row and graduate dancers on the top row, team member Jordan Simpson said. “It’s cool that for the first year we did the dance, we were in the back row. This year, we will be ahead and we are still all together on the front line.
The routine promises to be fun, says Emma Fines, also a Totem Spirit contestant. “It’s not technically difficult. It only gets the crowd excited.
And grade 12 students are especially excited to perform at Totem 66, whatever shape the basketball showcase takes in 2022.
This year’s cheering squad is smaller than other years, said team co-captain Maria Banman. Also a member of Totem Spirit, Banman shares the duties of captain this year with Kayla Ralph. Both are grade 12 students.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the end of the 2021 school year, the cheers team did not hold trials until September. They usually hold them at the end of June so the cheering athletes have more time to train, instructor Lizabeth Bill said. Hence the smaller squad.
“I’m proud of the way people have worked so hard,” said Ralph. “We have a lot of new girls this year and they learn and improve very quickly with a short deadline.”
“Everyone understood the stunts really well,” Banman said. During the media day, the cheers team performed a number of stunts for the cameras, including torches, arabesques and extensions.
Banman and Ralph both created a captain routine that the whole team practiced especially for Totem 66. “It’s one of the things that we do a lot at Totem, is bring the spirit of school, ”Ralph said. The Cheer Team performs at every main game, especially at half-time. They also have a Space Jam routine that they perform with the dance team.
Totem 66 was supposed to be the first time the Cheering Team has performed in front of a crowd in over a year, since the 2021 tournament has been canceled due to COVID-19. The team will now wait with other participants to see if Totem 66 will be in the spotlight.
The team usually goes to three cheer team competitions in Vancouver each school year, including one in January; the jury is still out on whether any of these events will take place in 2022.
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