Flyerettes: Year round vs. one season

The SHS Flyerettes waiting for the awards at their regional competition at Springboro High School. They competed using one of their hip-hop dances minutes before this. Neither of their two dances qualified. Photo courtesy of Lauren Kurtzer.
The SHS Flyerettes waiting for the awards at their regional competition at Springboro High School. They competed using one of their hip-hop dances minutes before this. Neither of their two dances qualified. Photo courtesy of Lauren Kurtzer.

Unlike other SHS sports, the Flyerettes  dance team is a year-round commitment although labeled as a winter sport.

Their schedule consists of:

  • Late April/early May: tryouts, four days
  • June-August: Conditioning once a week
  • Early August: Universal Dance Association dance camp at Miami University, four days
  • August-February : practice Tuesday and Thursday with occasional other practices
  • March-late April: break

During the football season the Flyerettes often perform at a football game along with the fall Pep Rally and performing at UC men’s basketball game. The team performs at pregame and halftime at every SHS basketball game.

“Being with each other longer than a normal sport I believe makes us closer and gives us more time to improve,” said Emily Spry,11.

“We use the summer and fall performances to get a feel of performing as a whole. The practices are for learning the dances before the basketball season begins,” said Ashley McNamara, Flyerettes coach.

The Flyerettes do this while also preparing for competition.

“Since we only have practice twice a week, we do need time before the basketball season- our main priority- to have multiple dances ready,” said Sam Weiss, 12.

Other SHS sports are only nine weeks; the Flyerettes give it their all for nine months with a well-deserved three month break.