Shake your Tailfeathers

By Jessica Hartling

Campus Life Assistant Editor

On Monday, Oct. 8, the Viterbo Tailfeathers are having a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in Onalaska. The Tailfeathers is the university’s all-female 13-member dance team.

In order to support the Tailfeathers, people can print a voucher for their meal on the VU Dance Team Facebook page or by contacting a member of the team. These vouchers allow for 10 percent of the bill to support the team as they compete this season. Additionally, starting Monday, Oct. 1, the Tailfeathers will be selling T-shirts.

This season, the Tailfeathers have a faculty advisor, Karla Hughes, Assistant Professor in the music theatre department. Having an advisor has allowed the team to focus on dancing, while Hughes has been aiding them with fundraising and paperwork.

The money from their fundraisers as well as funds provided by Student Government Association will be used to pay for the team’s competitions and uniforms. Carlee Brockman, a junior biology major from Hastings, Minn and captain of the Tailfeathers stated that they “have been blessed with the support of so many people.”

Last year the Tailfeathers placed in the top five teams at the national completion held in Minneapolis, Minn. this past February. Brockman said that they “are planning on attending two competitions, one of which is a qualifier for a national competition” this year. If their hardwork pays off, they could attend the national competition which will be held in Minneapolis again on the weekend of Feb. 22-24.

The team is doing routines this year with a higher skill level, and they are not afraid to push themselves to new heights. This was witnessed by their weeklong tryout process which took place Sept. 17-21. Twenty-25 females came to the final day of tryouts after the long three days of clinics, and an optional training day. Brockman said that the tryouts consisted of the “girls learning a 90-second routine, along with turns and leaps that are required.” As well as their actual dancing skills, those trying out for the team were also observed for their positive attitudes both in tryouts and in a classroom setting.

The team is made up for seven returning members of the Tailfeathers as well as six new members. Brockman commented on the outcome of the tryouts stating that “the overall technique and capabilities of the dancers has sky rocketed from previous years.” The Tailfeathers’ first performance will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 10 during a women’s basketball team versus Northwestern College. Brockman added “come cheer us on, and maybe even shake your Tailfeathers!”

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