The Silverline drill team is stepping up to the competition season, placing in both the events it’s attended so far. On Dec. 13, Silverline faced off against 15 other teams in class 5A and walked away with fifth place in hip-hop and fifth in lyrical. In its first competition on Dec. 6 at the Timpview Invitational, it placed in every division: second in military, second in lyrical, third in kicks, third in hip-hop and fourth in dance.
“We have a really good team this year,” said Belinda Christensen, head coach. “The ability level is getting higher and they just really want it. We also love all of our routines. We usually have one or two that are just OK but this year, we love them all.”
The team has another competition Jan. 9 and 10 at Utah Valley University before region Jan. 21, which will be hosted by Riverton this year. If the Silverline dancers do well at both events, they have a shot at being one of the four teams in the region to go to the state competition Jan. 30, also at Utah Valley University.
Last year, Silverline placed third in the region and made it to the state competition where it ultimately lost to Hillcrest High School.
“I think we’re good enough to make it to state again this year,” Christensen said. “But Bingham and Hillcrest are going to be tough to beat. Bingham’s dominated for awhile now but since Hunter beat them at region last year, they’re coming back with a vengeance. I’ve heard already that their routines are incredible so they’re going to be tough.”
Along with regular and grueling practices, strong routines and a determined spirit, the Silverline dancers have another weapon they’re ready to pull out at state. Thanks to a donation from Dr. David Alvord of Oquirrh Mountain Dental, all the girls will be getting free teeth whitening treatments. Whether all of their hard work will be enough to place at state still remains to be seen, but whatever happens, they’re leaving it all on the floor.
“It’s been really fun to watch them improve. I know they really want it, we want to go for the big boys,” Christensen said.
This year’s dancers are: seniors Elise Birschbach, Chelsea Butterfield, Kirstie Jarrett, Miquelle Jones and Karli Katsos; juniors Lexie Bellon, Kortnie Bishop, Khloe Campbell, Amber Frehner, Cozy Jarrett, Kaitlyn Knaras, Rachel Peterson, Jessika Roberts and Morgan Winger; and sophomores Mackenzie Christensen, Destri Edwards, Emily Emmerson, Danielle Fawcett, Skye McPherson and Haley Timothy.