A New Poms Team for the New Season
By Karina Rodriguez
With fall sports at an end, Poms season is quickly rolling in. Many Northsiders tend to confuse poms and cheer because both teams attend basketball games and perform at school events, but they are two different sports. They have some similarities, but the main difference is that cheer usually requires tumbling and stunting while poms focuses on dancing and its technical skills. There have been several changes to Northside’s Poms team that we can expect to see this season.
The team has recently gotten a new coach, Ms. Duerst, Special Education department, who is also a new teacher at Northside. When asked about the new coach, Kimberly Grabiec, Adv. 902 said, “She choreographs some of the dance and is a lot more involved whereas last year was more captain led,” and Jayson Coy, Adv. 905, added, “It is super fun! At first I was worried how the dynamic would change but I think Ms. Duerst is a really good fit.”
Poms has also been diligently working to prepare for the season. They have been learning and trying to perfect the routine they will perform at basketball games and learning technicals that will be in the competition routine. In addition, Poms does a new theme for its routines every season. This year's theme is throwback songs from TV shows like iCarly.
While Ms. Duerst has been helpful and involved, the captains still do a lot work. It can be stressful because captains choreograph one third of the dance and at times it is difficult having to choreograph, teach, and learn your own part in the dance. Grabiec said “It is stressful but fun because you have control over what the dance looks like and you can incorporate things you like.”
Besides having a new coach, there are other changes for this season. The team is getting brand new uniforms, funded by Friends of Northside, new poms, warmups, an Instagram page, and new music for dances at basketball games. The team is also a lot smaller than previous years, so they are “more serious about who we are choosing,” according to Grabiec.
Even though Poms has been more focused on performances for basketball games, competitions are the most exciting thing about the season. They can sometimes be “rough,” according to Coy because the team has to wake up very early in the morning to make the long drive to the school hosting the competition, typically in the suburbs. Once the team members arrive, they are put in a classroom and practice before it is their time to perform. Competitions are typically five hours long so most of the team members bring homework, do each other’s makeup, stretch, which is a “great bonding experience and why I personally enjoy competitions,” said Coy. As of now, Poms’ biggest competitor is Taft where they will face off at City Championships on January 13th at Whitney Young. Watch Poms perform at home basketball games and follow their Instagram page @northsidecp_poms.