Lake Central junior and elite teams congratulate one another, including, Julia Demma (facing camera), after their jazz programs in the 15th annual Munster (ind.) Dance Invitational on Jan. 12, 2013. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 28, 2013 6:48AM
Hundreds of fans gathered recently in the Munster High School fieldhouse for the 15th annual Munster Dance Invitational that included middle and high school teams from 30 schools.
Styles included pom, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and kick. Solo, ensemble and duet performances also were performed.
Brenda Daniel of Hammond cheered for her daughter, Kristina, and her Bishop Noll Institute team. They offered a lyrical performance during the morning session and performed another routine in novice pom in the afternoon.
“Although my daughter used to be very shy, she got past that and found she was destined to dance,” Brenda said. “Her team is doing well today. Everyone has worked so hard for this competition.”
Besides the action on the floor, there was a lot going on in the hallways. A photographer took pictures of the various groups, coaches gave last-minute advice, and dancers congregated to discuss their routines.
Sara Joyce of Griffith High School was warming up for her solo presentation.
“I’m always still a little bit nervous, but it goes away when I start to dance,” she said. “I let the music guide me.”
Current Munster assistant varsity coach Angela Mattozzi was on the other side of the floor when she attended Griffith High.
“Being on the high school dance team was a great experience,” she said, “and attending competitions gave us the opportunity to see how other dance teams did things.”
She added the commitment was the biggest challenge when she was a teenager.
“Now that I am older, I understand the value of commitment; time management is of utmost importance.”