Silver Wings to host dance clinic Oct. 16


Photo by Emma Short

Junior Lieutenant Marielle Bustamante smiles at the crowd during the Silver Wings halftime performance during the Sept. 24 home game.

Silver Wings will host its annual dance clinic for students, grades kindergarten through eighth grade, on Oct. 16. Parents can register their child through the Silver Wings website

“To my knowledge this [program] started the second or third year the school opened,” director Anne Bowling said. “This is my 14th year [hosting the clinic and] I’ve participated every year. It’s a fundraiser [that offers] mini dance lessons to kindergarteners through eighth graders.”

Attendees must be registered by Oct. 3 to guarantee a T-shirt, and the registration cost will be $35. After Oct. 3, registration will increase to $40. 

“This is part of our community service outreach, [and] it does cost money to participate, but a lot of that is for fundraising,” Bowling said. “Over the years, if we take a poll, at least 50% of our [current Silver Wings] participated in dance clinic [as children].”

Each of the officers work with a different grade level, and the officers’ squad assists them in teaching the kids a dance routine. Parents can drop off their children at 8:30 a.m. the day of the clinic and can return at 11:30 a.m. to take pictures and videos of their child’s performance.

“At the end of the clinic, the parents are invited to come back and watch each of the grade-level’s [dance routines],” Bowling said. “[My favorite part of the clinic is] the show offs at the end… I like that part of it because the parents always [say] ‘wow, you learned all of this in one morning?’” 

The funds from the clinic will go toward the expensenses of the Silver Wings’ annual Spring Show, trips, contests and other team events.

“I think [the clinic is] going to make [younger kids] want to dance more and join Silver Wings,” head sergeant Audri Fleming said. “It is a highlight of football season to know that we get to spend time with the kids and make them smile in the morning.”