Westside Girls Climb the Podium

Photo courtesy of Brooke Techau.

Emily Gerhart

The LSW Westide Girls started their competition season Sat. Dec. 4 in St. Louis, winning first in pom. After winning virtual nationals last year, the team is ready to give this competition season their all. 

After winning first place in pom at the Lindbergh Invitational, on Dec. 11 the Westside Girls went to Liberty High School to compete with other teams in the region. There, at the KC Classic, they placed second in jazz and third in pom. Senior Co-captain Brooke Techau said the team works well together, and they work hard to push each other to be the best they can.

My favorite part about competing is the rush you get when you get out onto floor and perform. The crazy thing about dance is you practice so much for just a few minutes of performance, so you really have to give everything in you for those couple minutes,” Techau said. “My friend [senior] Cora Tyler and I cried tears of joy coming off of the floor at our last competition because you really just give everything in you while you’re dancing.”

The Westside Girls are taking the stage at home this weekend on Dec. 18. Solos will be performed by junior Karlee McEnroe, sophomores Bree Hernandez and Ella Eveler, and senior Austyn Payton throughout the day. This Saturday, the team will compete their pom routine at 9 a.m. and jazz at 12:33 p.m..