NCP POMS Starting Out With A Bang
by Alicja Ramotowski
As the weather starts getting chilly and the sun sets earlier every day, what do Northsiders have to look forward to? The beginning of winter sports. The poms team has been practicing since their tryouts in early October: working on strong arms, flexibility, and synchronization as they get ready for their performances at boys varsity basketball games and at competitions. Most students have seen them practicing after school in the second floor atrium, as they work hard to create and perfect their routine.
Poms performed for the first time this year on Monday, Nov. 26, 2017 at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game against Amundsen. The game was an exciting time for any Northside fans. Since doing well in sports is not something Northside is known for, poms helped bring up the excitement and energy level by sitting on the sideline to cheer on the team during their impressive performance. Before the routine, the poms team took a few minutes in the lobby outside the gymnasium to stretch, practice one last time, and dance off any nervous jitters. Before the first performance, they huddled together for moral support and heard encouraging speeches from captains Annah Rah, Adv. 801, Eva Empleo, Adv. 810, and Sahithi Gangavarapu, Adv. 907.
As the buzzer sounded, signifying the end of the second quarter of the game, the poms team ran out onto the floor. The routine had a striking beginning with rock solid arms and huge smiles. As the dance went on, the crowd saw an addition of different technicals, such as single, double, and triple turns, second turns, toe touches, c-jumps, and back kicks. Every year during basketball games and pep rallies, viewers are awed by the team’s flexibility, turns, and other incredible tricks -- and this performance was no exception. This year’s team is made up of a lot of new faces, some of whom have little to no previous experience, but they seem to have fit in well and quickly. After the show, the team ran back into the lobby outside of the gym to get a sip of water, catch their breath, and take a team photo. Klaudia Jablonska, Adv. 901, a spectator of the performance, said, “Poms is always really fun to watch. They do some really cool tricks and jumps. The performance was really good and it looks like they have a lot of new talent this year. I’m excited for all of the other routines to come.”
Although it may seem like all that is left for the team is to polish off their dance for the rest of the season, they have much more to do. The team will use the dance performed on Monday for a few more game performances and maybe a competition or two, but many more routines, such as the Christmas routine, homecoming pep rally, Cubby Walk pep rally, and competition dances will be choreographed and practiced throughout the season. So far, they are just getting started, but judging by the first performance, the team is in store for a great year.