By Katherine Ollendieck

The 2013-14 dance season has been a remarkable one for the Union Dance Teams. The season kicked off last August with a 48 hour camp hosted in Dysart.  Dancers spent two days learning the football routine, developing technique, preparing choreography for the basketball season, participating in team-building activities and having some fun!
This year, in addition to the Varsity and Competition teams, excellent participation allowed Union to offer a Junior Varsity Team for the first time ever.
The Varsity Team kicked off their performance season at the first home football game, danced at seven home basketball games and closed out their season at the Union Dance Showcase.
The JV Team was also ready for football season and performed at three home basketball games and the Showcase.
Four dancers attended the Iowa State Solo Competition in Newton in November. Senior Leah Jungling and sophomores Nicole Lowe and Laryn Ewoldt received Division II ratings. Senior Kristen Lowe received a Division I rating.
The Competition Team was prepared for State and placed 5th at the Iowa State Dance & Drill Competition in Des Moines in December. Over 5,000 dancers attended the event.
This year’s Union Dance Showcase was hosted at Union Middle School in February. Over 200 attended the event, which featured performances by the Union High School teams and the Middle School team.
In the next few weeks the high school teams will wrap up their community service work and prepare for next year’s auditions in late April.
The Union High School Dance Team is coached by Katherine Ollendieck.