Centralettes dance at Chicago Bulls game


Provided by: Kim Dobos

The varsity Centralettes show off the tricks that they have been working on throughout the season. The Bulls performance was practice for the competition season.

Megan Helfers and lakecentralnews

On Saturday, Jan. 4, JV and varsity Centralettes performed during the pregame of the Chicago Bulls. After a traffic-filled bus ride, the Centralettes were ready to show what they had been working on.

“Besides our music messing up, I thought it was cool to be dancing at the United Center. It’s a big stadium,” Michelle Gentz (12) said.

The dancers learned a new routine the weekend prior to the performance. Dancing at such an event was new in the history of Centralettes. Because of this opportunity, the team practiced more over winter break than usual.

“I didn’t like having four hour practices every day, but in the end it was worth it because we looked good out on the floor, and it prepared us for competitions,” Kelsie Verhoeve (10) said.

During the pregame, the JV and varsity teams both performed their hip-hop routine, which is their competitive routine. The performances ended with the newly-learned routine, which was a mix of pom and hip-hop. Both JV and varsity danced together at the end.

“I liked the atmosphere of the whole place, many people had no clue what we were doing there but I think a lot of them were impressed,” Verhoeve said.

After dancing, some Centralettes were told that they were seen on the television. The girls were told that the camera showed them dancing for about 45 seconds.

“[Being shown} was cool even though it was not for long, but it was really cool that it was on national TV,” Gentz said.

Centralettes know that this event was for fun, and now it is time to focus on the upcoming competition season.