Inspiring a new generation to dance in Golden

Golden High School Dance Team hosts GHS Mini Poms Clinic

Posted 1/15/19

Dancers on the Golden High School Demons Dance Team feel that dance is empowering. And that’s what they hope to pass on to the 100 participants of the team’s Mini Poms Clinic this February. …

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Inspiring a new generation to dance in Golden

Golden High School Dance Team hosts GHS Mini Poms Clinic

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Dancers on the Golden High School Demons Dance Team feel that dance is empowering.

And that’s what they hope to pass on to the 100 participants of the team’s Mini Poms Clinic this February.

“Even if they’re not too interested in dance right now, this will be an introduction,” said Katja Behrens, a junior who is co-captain of the high school’s dance team. “It’ll be a super fun experience for them to get to try new dances and meet friends.”

And for those who already have dance experience, Behrens added, they’ll get a unique experience to learn from a Denver Broncos cheerleader and perform during a Golden High School boys basketball game.

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The GHS Mini Poms Dance Clinic takes place 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 9 in the high school’s gym. It is open to participants in kindergarten through sixth grade. Dancers will be divided up by age and will work in small groups with one of the 11 dancers on the GHS Dance Team.

Participants will learn all aspects of dance — from stretching to performing a routine. They will perform their learned routine at the GHS Boys Varsity Basketball Game against D’Evelyn Jr-Sr High School on Feb. 12.

The mini poms clinic is a highlight of the winter season for the dance team, said Bethany Walker, the dance team’s head coach.

“They really enjoy getting to connect, and inspire the younger dancers,” Walker said.

This year, Golden High School graduate, Class of 2014, and Denver Broncos cheerleader Caitlynn Kern will be a guest instructor. As well as making an appearance at the clinic, she is creating an original routine — based on Denver Broncos’ choreography — which is the routine that the GHS Dance Team and will be teaching at the clinic.

“Being on a dance team is so much more than just dancing,” Kern said. “It’s being a part of the community, and building relationships in the community.”

Kern, of Golden, has been dancing since she was 2, and was on the GHS Dance Team all four years of high school. She recently completed her first season with the Broncos, and added she’s excited to get to teach in her hometown.

“I hope to inspire them to live out their dreams, as I was,” Kern said. “And show them that if they have a dream, and set their minds to it, they can accomplish it.”

Hosting Kern is not only exciting for the younger kids who will be participating in the clinic, Behrens said, but also inspiring for the teens teaching the clinic.

“I love performing, and (hosting Kern) is very motivational for all of us because it shows where dance can take us,” Behrens said.

Her co-captain Stella Schneider agrees.

Schneider, a junior, has been dancing since she was 5 and grew up going to clinics similar to the GHS Mini Poms Clinic.

“That’s what got me to where I am now,” she said. “I hope it inspires them to keep dancing.”

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