Prodigious Preface for Poms
By Alicja Ramotowski
Northside students are notorious for their busy schedules, juggling clubs, dances, and countless sports. As the winter season begins for many students, truly ‘tis the season...for Poms. Varsity Poms is a competitive dance team at Northside whose season goes all the way from Oct. to Feb. The Poms team practices on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after school from 3:30 until 5 or even 6 pm depending on how much has to get done. During the week, the team also performs at Men’s Basketball games and on the weekends attends competitions throughout Illinois. On Dec. 1, in fact, the team made its way to Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois for its first competition of the season.
The team met at Northside at 10 am, where everyone did each other’s performance makeup. After a short one hour bus ride filled with singing and snacks the dancers arrived at the competition and headed to their designated room to touch up makeup, and practice before their performance. Poms routines are choreographed to a mix of a few songs. During this competition, the theme of the dance was Disney/2000s and the songs were: Breakthrough by Lemonade Mouth, Make it Shine (the Victorious Theme Song), Bet On It from High School Musical 2, Leave it All to Me (the iCarly Theme Song), Burnin’ Up by The Jonas Brothers, Like Woah by Ally and AJ, Breaking Free from High School Musical, and Best of Both Worlds by Hannah Montana.
Poms is a great place to meet new people and grow friendships. Competitions are an especially fun part of the sport; going to a new place and winning trophies with your teammates is an amazing experience. First year poms member, senior Sarah Kamal, Adv. 909, said, “I really like getting ready together. It leaves a lot of possibility for the day and it’s also just a really nice time to connect with other people on your team. It’s fun to bond and not to worry too much about the competition until you get there.”
Competitions are split up by type of dance (jazz, hip hop, poms, flag, solos) as well as division (division can be based on the size of the school or the number of girls performing). This time around, Northside competed in the 1A Poms division and did very well. Captain Kimberly Grabiec, Adv. 902, said, “I love the awards ceremony where they play music and everyone in the whole competition dances around.” This time there was reason to celebrate, as Northside’s team took first place.
Northside’s most recent victory is consistent with its previous competitive performances. Last year, the team boasted a first in city win after many years of falling short to Taft’s team, and the future looks bright for this year’s squad. Students interested in joining should certainly strong consider it; from fun after school practices to singing on the bus, to watching other teams perform at competitions, students are bound to make countless memories on the team.
Coming up next, the team is getting started on a Christmas routine and already looking to their next competitions in Waubonsie Valley, then City, Sectionals, and hopefully state. Looking to the future Grabiec said, “for the rest of the season I hope that everyone just keeps getting better because the improvements since the beginning of the season are already amazing. I also hope that Northside loves our dances as we plan to perform them at a lot more basketball games, including Girls’ Basketball games. Finally, I hope that the team and school is excited for the Christmas dance, because that has always been my favorite.”
Poms is a one of a kind experience that blends together dance, friendship, and sports. Unlike most other sports, members of poms get a whole other experience. As a former member of the sport, I can say that competition, the 4 hour bus rides, hair gel struggles, and jokes with the team are memories you will never forget!