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Barrett Glass (left), Lori Tretter and Amy Spears help girls practice on their routines during the 28th annual GCHS Dance Clinic on Nov. 7.
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Sophia Martin practices her routine.
GRANITE CITY — Seven years ago, Lori Tretter was one of numerous girls who participated in the Granite City High School Dance Clinic.
“It was a really fun experience and that kind of is what made me want to be on the dance team when I got to high school,” the GCHS senior said.
Now, Tretter is not only on the GCHS dance team, she’s the team’s captain.
“I can help them grow as dancers and watch them grow,” Tretter said. “It’s great. I love it.”
On Nov. 7, Tretter and her GCHS dance teammates got to teach girls from preschool to eighth grade how to dance in the 28th annual GCHS Dance Clinic at Memorial Gymnasium.
“It’s entertaining,” Tretter said. “It’s fun to watch them learn and pick things up. I knew when I was a kid and I did it and how it felt, and having that person to teach you, it’s really nice.”
The dance clinic had a morning and afternoon session. The morning session included participants from preschool through third grade and the afternoon session had girls from fourth through eighth grade. Each session lasted two hours and each participant learned a routine and did a performance.
“We would love to expose them to dancing at an early age as possible because we don’t have any dance studios in town except for Collinsville, Edwardsville and Maryville,” GCHS co-coach Tina Buck said. “We don’t have a studio, so it’s awesome to be able to share the love of dance with them. Hopefully at an early age, we’ll get them going and it would be something that they love.”
Tretter participated in the dance camp in fifth grade and performed at a basketball game.
“I was the only girl from my grade who came back to perform it,” the GCHS senior said.
This week, participants of this year’s clinic will get to perform their routine during halftime of the GCHS girls’ basketball game against Alton at Memorial Gymnasium. Preschool through third grades will perform during halftime of the junior varsity game and fourth- to eighth-grade participants will perform during halftime of the varsity game. The JV game begins at 6 p.m. tonight, followed by the varsity contest.
Buck said there were more than 70 participants in this year’s clinic.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “The kids are enjoying themselves. They’re learning their routines and they’re going to work on the dance floor.”
Buck, who is in her ninth season as dance coach, said she loves coming to the dance clinic every year.
“I’m a teacher in the district, so I know a lot of the kids already,” Buck said. “I love coaching and seeing all of the kids. It’s a rewarding job not only with the girls on the team, but being able to share this with the community is a blessing.”
Junior Lily Burke said teaching the young girls how to dance was fun.
“I feel really nice because I know the little kids like me because they always compliment me,” she said. “It’s nice watching them grow and they’ll come back year after year.”