Pulse Dance Team to compete in two categories at Iowa High School State Dance Competition

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The Perry High School Dance Team (Pulse) performed both of their State Dance routines during the basketball double header on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDALL/THE PERRY CHIEF

This weekend the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines will be flooded with high school and college dancers from all across the state. Among those dancers will be the Perry Pulse Dance Team. This year they will be performing Class 3 Hoopla which is a variation on pom dance routines that consists of performers dancing with a colorfully decorated hoop in each hand. That routine will be performed for a panel of judges on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Hy Vee Hall. They will also be competing in Class 11 Pom on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

Head Coach Faye Southward says she is always nervous this time of year, but the excitement that comes with it helps her prepare for the competitive weekend.

“We have a lot of rookies this year since we graduated a lot of seniors last year so it’s been kind of a rebuilding season,” Coach Southward said. “We still have things that we are working on in these last couple of practices, but we are just hoping to get a division 1 rating on both of our dances.”

The theme of the Pulse Pom Routine this year is Celebration as the mash up of upbeat songs the team dances to all include a variation on the word. The Dance Teams hoopla routine has a bit of a deeper theme to it that helps to spread positivity throughout the community and beyond.

“In the past Perry has sometimes been the target of some racial slurs when we play certain schools,” Coach Southward said. “So this is kind of our response to that. All of us are immigrants. That’s why they have the American flag on one side of their (the teams) leotards and their country of origins flags on the other side. The routine, at the beginning, shows the different colors of the different countries on one side of their hoops and then at the end they switch to red, white, and blue because they are all Americans.”