Naperville North’s dance teams win DVC championship

Grace Ainger and Arden Han

The Naperville North dance teams competed for the DVC championship on Thursday. The varsity team placed first for their dance, “Dear Prudence,” and junior varsity brought home a first place trophy as well. 

This win marks the fourth consecutive DVC championship for the varsity team. Head coach Rebecca Paul discussed the performance and how the championship being on the line affected the team.

“Walking into conference with the title on the line can be nerve-racking, but they were very calm, cool, and collected and they brought a lot of energy to the judges and the audience,” Paul said. “Especially [for] a conference championship, they really came alive and really performed today.”

The varsity team’s “Dear Prudence” is a lyrical dance, highlighting their emotion and musicality skills as well as jumps and turns. Sophomore Jacquie Liedtke reflected on the team’s best assets and how they benefited the performance. 

“We’re really good at communicating and trusting each other which allows us to do more tricks and [skills] but also to come together and perform as a team,” Liedtke said.

“Dear Prudence” has served the team well, earning first, second and third place awards in their competitions so far. Freshman Bianca Garcia commented on how the team has improved from competition to competition.

“We didn’t go in with the intention of winning, but we went in with the intention of improving on what we did, because we spent all this time dedicating corrections and practice time,” Garcia said.

As the Huskies continue their season through January, they will continue to bond and grow even more as a team. Paul expressed her confidence in the team dynamic and how it will help future competitions.

“I feel very prepared to continue to compete the rest of the season. I think that the girls have been working very hard in practice applying corrections, making changes, and staying really focused. As we continue into January, the girls have a good mindset of staying in the competitive zone and giving everything they have until the last second,” Paul said.

The dance will head to South Elgin High School on Saturday, Jan. 15 for their next competition.