Lancerettes successful at state and headed to Disney


Hema Gharia

Front row: Rachel Laska (‘17), Caroline Schreiner (‘17), Rachel Story (‘16), Sydney Nelson (‘16), Ashleigh Manby (‘16), Grace Fox (‘17). Second row: Ai, Teja Pattabhiraman (‘17), Lauren Stollberg (‘18), Hema Gharia (‘17), Bella LaBrasca (‘18), Madison Long (‘18). Third row: Coach Alli Hickmann, Kayla Maas (‘18) Kathleen Flately (‘18), Emily Smyzek (‘18), Makenna Schafer (‘18), Claire Verhagen (‘18), Catherine Durham (‘18), Allison Balfe (‘18), Coach Megan Shedivy. Fourth row: Macy Olezcheck (‘19), Makenna Lemke (‘19), Haylie Schultz (‘18), Ava Moro (‘18), Megan Lillibridge (‘18), Hannah Hawthorne (‘19).

Hema Gharia, Reporter

The BC Lancerettes competed at the Badger State Pom and Dance Competition on January 10 in Sun Prairie, WI, and placed third overall in the varsity division. The spirited ‘Ettes performed routines for the both the varsity dance and poms category, receiving second and third place trophies, respectively. In addition to team awards, Captain Sydney Nelson (‘16) also received a first place medal for being the most outstanding senior dancer at the competition.  Both the Brookfield Central Lancerettes and the Brookfield East Spartanettes were awarded with the Badger State Sportsmanship Award and were extremely pleased to represent Brookfield in a positive way.

“State was really fun because we got to showcase our winning dance routine and a brand new pom routine, which everyone really enjoyed,” commented Rachel Story (‘16), poms captain.

This Presidents Day weekend the Lancerettes are headed to Orlando, Florida to participate in the Disney All Star Talent Tour, where they will be joined by seven other teams. They will get the unique opportunity to perform routines at Epcot and Hollywood Studios and participate in the Main Street Electric Light Parade at Magic Kingdom. The team was invited to attend the tour last August when they were named one of the top ten teams of the Midwest at the Midwest Grand Championships.

Sydney Nelson and Rachel Story were also selected as two of thirty-eight All-Stars chosen based on their excellent leadership and dancing ability. Nelson looks forward to performing one last time at Disney with her fellow Lancerettes.

“Our team is thrilled for Disney as nineteen out of twenty-one girls are attending for the first time,” said Nelson.  “It’s a chance to showcase our routines that we worked so hard on over the summer and a huge honor to be a part of.”

The Lancerettes have had an extremely busy and exciting year so far and they eagerly look forward to the future opportunities in store.