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Texas High Steppers hold annual ‘Show-offs’

Dancers perform competition routines for family, friends
Kristina Colburn
Freshman Robin Thomson jumps into a toe touch during the kick routine. The Texas High Steppers performed their competition dances for friends and family at their annual “Show-offs.”

Dancers leap across the shining gym floor. The blaring music dies down. Applause fills the air.

The Texas Highsteppers hosted their annual “Show-offs” on Feb. 28 in the Tiger Center gym.

‘“Show-offs’ are essentially one last really big practice for the team to get on the basketball court one more time before we compete,” Highstepper director Amber Reynolds said. “It also gives our parents, students and community members an opportunity to come see the contest dances because a lot of them won’t travel with us to watch them compete.”

Unlike Spring Show, their final performance of the year, a lot less planning goes into “Show-offs.” According to Reynolds’ opening speech, the whole affair is very casual compared to their usual performances.

“‘Show-offs’ are pretty much the same layout every year with an exception for the dances that we perform,” senior captain Kamryn Jean said. “What makes it special is what the dances mean to us and the team’s energy going into our performance.”

Each of the dancers have their own reasons for liking a certain dance. It could be the choreography, the music or even just the people in it that draws someone in.

“My favorite team dance that we performed this year is probably kick because it’s very dynamic and it’s different from the dances that we’ve done in the past,” Jean said. “I also really love the song, and it’s a bit nostalgic because it’s a song from our childhood.”

What makes it special is what the dances mean to us and the team’s energy going into our performance.

— Kamryn Jean

As special as “Show-offs” are to the friends and family that get to come watch, it means just as much to the dancers. Lasting memories are formed amongst team members.

“My freshman year after show offs, Reynolds took us out near the tennis courts,” junior Laila Toubia said. “We had written all of our worries earlier that day on a piece of paper, and so we got to throw our pieces of paper into the bonfire and watch them burn.”

At the end of the day, the Texas Highsteppers are a family just as much as they are a dance team. “Show-offs” are as much for them as it is for the audience. It’s the motivation they need to keep giving their all.

“My favorite part [about ‘Show-offs’] are honestly watching the team watch each other,” Reynolds said. “They sit on the side and watch officers and solos and duets, and they’re the biggest hype squad for each other, and that makes my heart happy more than any performance or trophy we could ever get.”

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Sophie Keller
Sophie Keller, Editor-In-Chief
Sophie Keller is the Editor-in-Chief of Tiger Times and is a senior in her third year of newspaper. She’s involved in a variety of clubs ranging from National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta to robotics and Student Council. She’s an aspiring writer and hopes to pursue something at least akin to journalism after she graduates. 
Kristina Colburn
Kristina Colburn, Assignments Editor

Kristina Colburn is currently the Photo Assignments Editor for THS Publications. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, AP Ambassadors, HOSA, Model UN and the Multicultural Club. In her spare time, Kristina likes to relax and listen to music, shop online, thrift and occasionally pick up a book. In addition, she likes to travel. She has been to France and Spain, and is hoping she can travel more in the upcoming years. In the future, Kristina aims to major in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas or Anthropology at Baylor University.

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