Tina Silva, Executive Director

 

 I am extremely proud to be a part of a group of caring parents who had an extraordinary vision and the passion to create 307 Dance Academy.  I have been with 307 Dance Academy since its conception in 2010 and I am proud and excited to be celebrating 307 Dance Academy's 10 year anniversary! I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming and have always loved dance. I have been involved in the dance community for many years in various roles including; the Executive Director of 307 Dance Academy, the Competition Director for 307 Dance Academy, Studio Director at Rocky Mountain School of Dance, dance teacher, choreographer, parent volunteer, studio board member, and student. I have enjoyed choreographing for my students and have won “Judge’s Choice” awards and choreography awards. I am continually looking for ways to continue my growth in dance, including attending various teacher workshops including; Hollywood Vibe, 24Seven Dance, Groove, and Velocity, attending the dance teacher workshops at the Dance I.D.E.A.S. Seminar in Los Angeles, and the Dance Teacher Web Seminar in Las Vegas, and successfully completing college-level dance classes. I have a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Wyoming and an Associate of Science from Casper College. I have been working with the youth of Casper for over 33 years, first as a games director of Wyoming Special Olympics, and then as the lead Social Worker at Hemry Home. I have been an assistant coach for Youth T-ball & Basketball and a substitute teacher at Wyoming Gymnastics Center. I am the proud parent of Jacob who is twenty-one and completing his senior year of college at the University of Wyoming, and McKena who has obtained her B.F.A in Musical Theatre  from  Millikin University, and is living in Chicago working and pursuing her professional theatre and dance career. I feel very blessed and thankful to be able to share my days with the community and dancers of 307 Dance Academy. I am committed to the excellence that 307 was founded on, truly believe in our motto "Inspire the Fire",  and I am so excited for the upcoming season!

 

Stacie Jaquez, Office Manager

 

 

Emily Ginsbach, Teacher

Emily grew up dancing, studying jazz, tap, ballet and pointe from the age of 6 in Casper, Wy. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with a BS in speech-language pathology and audiology, and a minor in dance performance. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown to work as a speech therapist. Since then, Emily has been practicing speech therapy, specializing in Autism and Down syndrome, at ACM Therapy Group. She also provides hippotherapy and coaches swimming, basketball, and skiing for Special Olympics. Emily jumped at the opportunity to merge her experience with uniquely abled children, and passion for dance, creating a “Firecrackers” adaptive dance class. Additionally, Emily is a certified yoga instructor, teaching at Lifetime Health & Fitness. She offers students extra benefit by incorporating yoga-inspired moves and occasionally even a strengthening yoga practice into her dance classes.

Emily has called 307 Dance Academy her home since 2015, where she has taught ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, skills, and adaptive dance. She also shares her dance experience through coaching 307’s competition team. Emily is known for challenging her students, encouraging them to discover new movements, and helping them develop a strong work ethic. She is constantly inspired by her students, and strives to inspire them in return—while strongly focusing her classes on technique and drive.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marlo Henry, Teacher

I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. I started dancing at 4 years old with Rehearsal School of Dance. At 12 years old, I joined the competitive dance troupe at Center Stage Dance Studio, and at 14 years old I transferred to Rocky Mountain School of Dance where I danced and competed until high school graduation. I then went to the University of Wyoming where I took classes in dance history, dance science, dance composition, and dance pedagogy to earn my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance. While there I danced roles in Coppelia, two productions of The Nutcracker, and several faculty dance concerts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devon Sisneros Schulte, Teacher & Spirit Director

Devon is so excited for her 2nd year as SPIRIT Director! She is also teaching classes and a part of our competition staff. In 2016 Devon started a dance and cheer program called Casper Spirit, which quickly grew over 3 years. With a growing program, a growing family at home and a desire to give her students more opportunities she decided  to take her program and students to join the 307 Dance Academy family. 

Devon has 25 years dance experience in hip hop, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern and dance team technique. She is a Kelly Walsh Dance Team alumni and choreographer with 11 state championships in choreography. Devon is a UNLV Rebel Girl alumni where she competed on their Pom and Hip Hop competition team at ESPN UDA College Nationals. She is also an Aspire Dance Pro & Thunderstruck Competition judge & master class guest instructor while being a former dance and cheer instructor for Rebel Starzz in Las Vegas. She is a former hip hop, jazz, and contemporary instructor at Dance Zone in Las Vegas while also choreographing dance team and studio routines throughout Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Devon danced as a chorus member in The Nutcracker Ballet in Denver while also being a protege showcase dancer and assistant to Laurianne Gibson. She has been a Masterclass workshop assistant to choreographer for Britney Spears, Jesse Lee Santos in addition to competing on So You Think You Can Dance as a Top 30 Semi Finalist. Devon has competed in hip hop routines choreographed by Nappy Tabs, during the UDA ESPN College Nationals. During years as a competitive dancer Devon won numerous regional titles. She has also won two national titles with Thunderstruck Dance Competition with a contemporary solo and duo. Though she loves to perform, choreography is Devon's true passion. Some of her choreography achievements include: choreography for the Kelly Walsh Dance Team (11 consecutive state championship titles & 11th in Hip Hop at UDA Nationals); Ralston Valley (15th in Pom at NDA nationals). She has been assistant choreographer for Miss Nevada's contemporary routine during the Miss USA Pageant and won Top Choreographer at numerous competitions including Starpower, Spotlight, and Thunderstruck. Devon and her husband moved from Las Vegas, NV back to Devon’s hometown here in Casper, WY. They have a 3 year old son (Jett) and 1 year old daughter (Landree).

Having been blessed with so many amazing performance experiences, Devon now wants to give back to the youth of Casper by sharing with them her passion for dance and all that she has learned.Even as a working artist, she is constantly taking classes to keep up on technique and stay inspired.She has experience working with all ages and enjoys helping and encouraging young performers so that they may grow to their full potential. Devon attributes all of her accomplishments and experiences to GOD. She cannot wait to share her love of dance, cheer and performing with the youth of Casper and provide them with numerous performance opportunities unlike any other in Wyoming!

 

 

 

 

Anthony Gamroth, Teacher

In 2009 Anthony received his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Prior to that he received an Associate's of Art in Anthropology and an Associate's of Fine Art in Photography at Casper College. Not knowing what to do after graduating he decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a professional dancer. In 2011 he became a lead male dancer in Olympia based ballet company Ballet Northwest and worked for the company until 2018 when he moved back home to Wyoming. His many roles included Prince Desiree in the Sleeping Beauty, multiple dance festival parts, and multiple castings of The Nutcracker as The Prince, Snow King, Arabian, and Dew Drop Cavalier over the course of his time in the company. He was a company dancer in Seattle based contemporary company DASSDance from 2015 - 2017. In 2014 he danced in Seattle's bi-annual dance festival Against the Grain: Men in Dance. As a member of Ballet Northwest he has taken master classes from notable greats including current Artistic Director of New York City Ballet Wendy Weylan, PNB Soloist Lindsey Dec, New York City Ballet Soloist and author of "Dancing Through It" Jennifer Ringer, and among others from PNB, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Seattle Dance Project. He taught classes at The Evergreen City Ballet and paid partnering workshops at Whidbey Island Dance Theatre and The Studios in Seattle.Since 2019 he has been a member of local dance company Wyoming Dance Arts. He is also a certified yoga instructor through YogaFit and teaches classes at Titanium Fitness. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jennifer Barella, Teacher

Jennifer is a 26 year old Casper native whose passion for dance began at age 2 and has never stopped. She began dancing at Center Stage Dance Studio under the direction of Cheryl Campbell and continued her dance education at a variety of studios thereafter. Jennifer has trained, competed, and choreographed in many styles including; ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and character over the years garnering several national Spotlight titles and a Judge's Choice choreography award. After graduating from NCHS in 2012 she continued her education at Casper College. After completing her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Communications with a minor in psychology through the University of Wyoming Jennifer has chosen to pursue her MA in communications. She has a 3 year old daughter named April who loves the fun and open environment at 307. When she heard the mission statement of 307 Dance Academy she was immediately excited to be a part of it. Jennifer's primary goal is to incite a love of dance in all of her students because she wholeheartedly bealieves that dance transcends the physical beauty of the sport and endows dancers with ideals of health, teamwork, perseverance, and confidence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Barella, Teacher

Hello, my name is Megan and I have lived in Casper my whole life. I graduated from NCHS before continuing to get my Associates in Business Administration from Casper College. In pursuit of one of my passions, I went to Cosmetology school and now work at               The Mane-gy Mousse Salon. My passion for dance started at a young age at Center Stage Dance Studio. I have been dancing since I was two years old. The experience I have is extremely strong in tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet, as I have done them for about thirteen years. Teaching and choreographing dance are a passion of mine, and something I have always had a desire to do! I look forward to working with our students, parents, and staff. Making the classroom a fun, enjoyable, and productive place to be is one of my top priorities. Every student should feel welcome and be excited to come back and dance! I look forward to being with people who want to dedicate as much time and hard work as it takes to become the best dancers and performers possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Finely, Teacher

Hello, my name is Janice Finley. I was born and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Graduate school brought me to Casper, WY, and I am beyond excited to be teaching at 307 Dance Academy!  I have been trained in a variety of dance styles such as jazz, ballet, hiphop, lyrical, contemporary, high kick and some tap.  I first began studio dance in 4th grade, and then following with the Shakopee High School Varsity Dance Team. During college, I was apart of the University of North Dakota dance team where we were able to compete at UDA Nationals. I am beyond thrilled to start this year's dance season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makala Boren, Teacher

My name is Makala Boren and I am sixteen years old. I attend high school at Natrona County, where I am involved in the IB Program, Honor Choir, and have participated on the dance team. I have been dancing with 307 for seven years, and competing here for six. I have taken ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and contemporary. I love 307 and am excited to be getting the opportunity to teach this year. I have been a teaching assistant for both McKena and Tina Silva; and they have been great teaching role models for me. I have also volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club Outreach Program, which has allowed me to learn how to teach kids of all ages and levels. I have been been an assistant teacher in several classes and this past year taught the Petite & Junior Hip Hop classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alli Snider, Teacher

Alli has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She danced most of these years at Rocky Mountain School of Dance here in Casper, Wyoming. After high school she went to Casper College and earned her Associate Degree in Dance. Alli has studied all genres of dance, but her favorite is contemporary. Now she is a certified health coach and certified personal trainer at Lifetime health and fitness. She also went back to school and has a degree in Nutrition. She has taught a number of group fitness classes since 2012 and is certified in Les Mills Body Pump, Insanity, and Barre. She is excited to be back in the dance world again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kelly, Teacher

Laura Kelly grew up in Buffalo, Wyoming, where she developed a love for dance and the arts. She trained at Donna's Dance Academy in Sheridan, and attended as many competitions, workshops, and conventions as she could to enhance her training. Laura then attended the University of Wyoming (UW) where she completed dual degrees: a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in English. She enjoyed working with the UW faculty as well as choreographers from all over the world during her time at UW. Most notably, she worked with Margaret Wilson as a vertical dancer, Jennifer Deckert as the character Van Helsing in Dracula: the Legend in Motion, Marsha Knight as a dancer in Six Songs from Ellis, and Czech choreographer Jarek Cemerek on a piece called “Women, WeMen, WeMan.” She particularly loved working with Limón Dance Company member Pablo Fracisco Ruvalcaba learning a reconstruction of José Limón’s work, "The Winged," which brought her to perform with UW at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She grew to love choreography in college, and choreographed a piece based on her experiences while East surrounding racism and white privilege. This piece was selected to represent UW at the American College Dance Association in 2018.

 

After graduating from UW with honors in 2018, Laura auditioned at Disneyland and was hired as a parade performer. She spent a wonderful year there dancing in various parades and shows, but missed the community of a smaller town and decided to move back to Wyoming. She now works at VIBES Fine & Performing Arts and performs with Wyoming Dance Arts.


Laura is thrilled to be back in her home state and to be a part of the amazing community of 307 Dance Academy! 

 
 
 
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Bailey Sorensen, Teacher

I’m Bailey Sorensen, and I’ve been dancing with 307 for eight years, and teaching for three of those. I am a junior at Natrona County High School and absolutely love to be at 307 Dance Academy. I’m trained in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, and tumbling. I am so excited to be teaching another year, and another class of amazing students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel DuBay, Teacher

My name is Isabel DuBay, and I am so excited to be teaching at 307 Dance Academy this year! I will be attending Natrona County High School. I have been dancing since I was about two years old. Over the years I have competed at numerous dance competitions, and won various awards with the 307 Competition team. I have trained in ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. I have also been trained in gymnastics and tumbling. I did competitive gymnastics and competitive dancing until the age of about nine when I decided to wholeheartedly pursue my passion for dance. Outside of dancing, I am thoroughly invested in my education. I participate in all advanced classes, I was a member of my junior high’s National Junior Honor Society, as well as a WEB leader and commissioner. I cannot wait to combine my love for learning with my life-long passion for dancing this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laura Deal, Teacher

Hi! My name is Laura Deal and I am so excited to be returning to the dance community of Casper and to be teaching at 307 Dance Academy. I was born and raised in Casper, WY and began dancing when I was 5 at Center Stage Dance Studio. I started competing with the Center Stage Dance Company when I was in 5th grade. In 9th grade, I moved to Rocky Mountain School of Dance where I increased my focus on ballet and technique and continued to participate in competitive dance through high school. In my Junior year at NCHS, I joined my dance skills with my love of singing and performed in my first musical as a chorus member of the Wizard of Oz. This experience brought my love of performance to a new level. In my senior year I was honored to play the role of Belle in NCHS’s musical performance of Beauty and the Beast.  Upon graduation in 2005, I moved to Omaha, NE to attend college at Creighton University and continued to dance for the love of the art. I danced with the Creighton Ballet Company, the Omaha Modern Dance Cooperative, and the Omaha City Ballet. I performed choral roles in Coppélia, Red Ballet, and the Nutcracker. I was also a Cell Block Girl in Creighton’s production of Chicago.
My husband and I moved back to Casper in 2013 where I began teaching at Dean Morgan. In 2017, I took on the role as choreographer and co-producer of the Dean Morgan Musical production of Cinderella. Since then, I have choreographed and co-produced Dean Morgan’s  productions of Suessical, Shrek, and Aladdin.

 

Stacy Meyer, Teacher

Stacy was born and raised in Billings, MT and began dancing at age four at Jana Shiner Dance School for about twenty years, and continued teaching her own dance classes over the years to all ages. Stacy, her husband, and three children moved to Casper in 2009, since then they have added a son-in-law and granddaughter to the family. Stacy is trained in tap and jazz and participated in various musicals and performances while living in Billings. Since living in Casper, Stacy taught a competition tap class and solo which took first at competition. In addition to teaching dance classes, Stacy choreographed and coached a high school majorette corps, the same corps in which she was apart of in high school when they won a national championship. Performing through dance, majorettes or sports have always been a significant part of Stacy’s life, as well as outdoor sports that she now enjoys throughout the year such as hiking, snowshoeing and skiing.  Stacy loves the art of tap dance and hopes to inspire new, young, returning, or older dancers to join her class and fall in love with tap as much as her! Stacy has worked with children throughout her life in various employment and dance, but thoroughly enjoys her current position at Casper Family Connections where she works to assist and encourage families to engage in positive interactions. Stacy’s love for dance and desire to see others find their joy is what inspires her to help each individual enjoy physical activity, master difficult pieces, gain self-esteem, express themselves, and share in camaraderie that dance offers.  Stacy is thrilled to join the 307 Dance Academy family! 

 

 

Mariah Hartgrave, Teacher

Hi, my name is Mariah Hartgrave my passion started for dance when I was just 6 months old.  I danced at rising star for 13 years while I was there I competed on their competition team for 8 years, while I was there I was able to receive petite miss spotlight, junior miss spotlight, and teen miss spotlight, power pack scholarship recipient. I then went independent for about a year, but decided I missed a team and went b 307 dance academy. I then left to focus on the Kelly Walsh Dance Team where I was lucky enough to be a 4x time state champion. I then taught for Casper Spirit for three years, and won a choreography award for a contemporary piece in Denver, Colorado. I have spent the last two years in nursing school and now I am an RN at Wyoming Medical Center. My favorite kind of dance styles are jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theatre. I am excited for this year and able to share my passion for dance! 

Maliyah Harrington, Teacher

My name is Maliyah Harrington and I am 18 years old! I graduated from Kelly Walsh and I was a captain on the Kelly Walsh Dance Team! I have been dancing a little over 5 years and I used to be a competitive gymnast in between being a dancer! I have trained in hip hop most of my dance career and have taught spirit at 307! In 2020, I received the title of an All-American dancer my senior year at 17! I am currently also working at Remax The Group for the Alisha Collins Real Estate Team! I am so blessed to be able to teach at 307! 

 

Rachel Evenson, Teacher

Hi, my name's Rachel Evenson, I'm 18 years old, and I was born and raised in Casper, Wy. I started dancing when I was 3 and began competitive dance when I was in first grade. I am currently a senior at Kelly Walsh High School and a captain on the Kelly Walsh Dance Team. I have been trained in many different styles of dance including the following: Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Ballet, Pointe, and Tumbling. I also have numerous awards for competing at different levels and with different teams. Just the past two years I have won All-American awards for my junior and senior year. I am beyond excited to further my career while teaching dancers at 307 who share the same love for dance. 

 

Haylie Stewart, Teacher

Hi my name is Haylie Stewart! I am so excited to be teaching at 307 Dance Academy. I am a sophomore at KW high school and a member of the KW Dance team. I have been dancing and tumbling since I was 18 months old. I have been training and competing in every style of dance. Tumbling is a love of mine and something I am very passionate about. I have learned from some of the best gymnastics coaches in Casper. I am so excited to share my passion with the students of 307. 

 

 

McKena Silva, Guest Faculty

McKena is a proud native of Casper, Wyoming.  McKena received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance from Millikin University.  McKena is currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois and is on faculty for Dovetail Dance Studios and Tutu School Chicago, and is grateful for every opportunity she is able to get back to the 307 studio! McKena has taught in dance schools across the nation including Wyoming, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana. Some of McKena's credits include Gloria Thorpe in Dame Yankees, Urleen in Footloose, Smarty Marty in Beach Blanket Beagle, Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act, and Morgan Pierce in Chelsea Sunrise, a new musical from the minds of Canadian rock stars Murray Foster and Mike Ford; for which McKena was also the original choreographer. McKena is a nationally award-winning choreographer for her work in competitive dance, as well as her associate choreography for productions like Heathers and Nice Work if You Can Get It. McKena is the founder of Red Velvet Reels a choreography service for the non-dancer in the musical theatre world and Ballet & Butterflies providing private and group in home dance instruction.

 

Aaron Wood, Guest Faculty

Aaron M. Wood is a choreographer, educator, dancer, and mixed -media designer. From 2007 -2014, he danced with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, where he performed the works of such dance legends as Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, José Limon, Murray Louis, Anna Sokolow, and Shapiro & Smith. He’s had the opportunity to work with such esteemed teachers/choreographers as Tandy Beal, Ellen Bromberg, William (Bill) Evans, Abby Fiat, Andrea Miller, and Peter Pucci. As a freelance dancer with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, he’s performed the works of Alwin Nikolais. Aaron’s choreography has been performed from Salt Lake City to Beijing, China. Currently, Aaron serves as Dance Instructor/Choreographer for Casper College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Schaberg, Guest Faculty

Josh Schaberg is so excited to be making his 307 Dance Academy debut this year! A Wyoming native, Josh graduated high school from Buffalo in 2007, but has spent the last 8 years working in Omaha and Los Angeles. Most recently, he studied under Susan Berkompas at Vanguard University in Orange County for Musical Theater and before that worked as the creative director for Bellevue Christian Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Josh loves all things dance, family, and coffee! His production roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Eros in Metamorphoses, Seymour Krelbourn in Little Shop of Horrors, Wally Wooten in the premier of Home for the Holidays. and worked as choreographer for the Omaha dance crew Pointe Blank. Josh feels so blessed to have the opportunity to team up with the amazing students and faculty at 307 Dance Academy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peyton Hatcher, Guest Faculty

Hi, my name is Peyton Hatcher, and I am 15 years old. I am a sophomore at Natrona County High School. I've been dancing since I was 2, and I have been competing since I was 6. I train in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, and tumbling here at 307. I have been a teaching assistant for 307 for several years. I am so thrilled and honored to be teaching this year, and I can't wait for what this season holds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan Jaquez, Teacher

My name is Morgan Jaquez, I am a senior at Kelly Walsh and have been on the dance team for all four years, and I also became captain for this following season. We have won 4 consecutive state titles in 4A hip hop & jazz. I have danced since I was 3, I have also danced at a competitive level since I was 4. I have attended 2 UDA high school national competitions in Orlando, FL and I have been honored to be named an All-American dancer both 2017 and 2018. I have danced at Rocky Mountain School of Dance up until 307 opened is when I made the move and I love it here! I am beyond excited to come back to this studio as a teacher to help other dancers grow the same passion I did at this studio!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe Neville, Teacher

My name is Zoe Neville and I am 16 years old. I am a junior at Kelly Walsh. I am on the Kelly Walsh Dance Team and have been for the last 2 years. I have been dancing since I was 6 and have been competing for 4 years. My favorite style of dance is definitely tap, but I have trained in ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. I am so excited to be apart of 307 this year!

 

 

 

Sadie Ridgeway, Guest Faculty

Sadie Ridgeway is a 22-year-old native of Casper, Wyoming who recently graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington with her bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology. Sadie has been training and competing in a variety of dance styles for 18 years, including but not limited to, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, pom, and contemporary, while specializing in hip hop, which she developed a passion for early on. Sadie attended Kelly Walsh High School in Casper and was a part of the KW dance team for four years, achieving three state titles during that time and being selected to be on the Wyoming all-state dance team. Sadie's focus has been hip-hop dancing, which she has been teaching at advanced levels for over six years. Sadie has trained in pop and locking, house, tutting, b-boying, waving, gliding, and video hip hop with numerous instructors out of Colorado and Washington. She has choreographed countless hip hop pieces for studios and individuals and has received many awards for her pieces including choreography awards, overalls, IDA awards, and one of her pieces being chosen from a pool of exceptional pieces selected across the nation to compete in the National Dance Worlds in Dallas, Texas. For the past four years at Gonzaga University Sadie has continued her dance training and education, and has been a part of the Gonzaga dance team, which focuses on jazz, funk, and pom styles. Sadie was captain of this team for two years, in which she led practices and choreographed all of the routines for the team, which were performed at basketball games and various other events.