May 21st, 2019

lhs redlineThe LHS Redline Dance Team practices a routine for an upcoming event recently. Tryouts for the 2019-2020 Redline Dance team will be taking place Saturday, March 30, and there will be other events involving the team throughout the month. L&T photo/Earl WattROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


The Liberal High School Redline Dance team is hosting tryouts later this month for members for the 2019-2020 school year.

For coach Krista Holcomb, the season never seems to stop for her team, but performances recently wound up for the current school year.

“Dance team doesn’t travel, so we finished up at the sub-state game,” she said. “That was our last performance that Saturday. Then we’ll have our banquet Monday. It’ll be the next week into dance tryouts. It’s pretty much year-round when you lead into tryouts.”

Holcomb said the year went very well.

“I had a really good group,” she said. “They worked really well together. They were very dedicated, just a wonderful group. We had two seniors, so we’re losing those two for sure. With dance, you have to try out every year again. It’s not just an automatic you’re in. My girls that I had this year, they’ll still have to do the tryout process and see if they make the cut. They worked hard for me this year. We’ll just see what the scores tell.”

Tryouts for the 2018-2019 team, Holcomb said, saw nearly 70 candidates.

“We ended the season with 12 because we lost a few for several different reasons,” she said. “We usually accept 15. Sometimes, we’ll do less depending on how far the score span is. If it’s a close gap, we usually accept the full 15. It’s usually a pretty big cut. I’m glad I don’t have to make the decisions.”

For tryouts such as the one taking place March 30 at LHS, Holcomb said judges are brought in to score potential team members on their dancing abilities.

“We’ll do the clinics through the week, and they’ll learn a routine,” she said. “Usually, when they come into tryout, they’ll do little techniques to kind of warm up, and then they’ll do the big routine. They try out in groups of three to four. It’s not like they’re alone. They have to get teacher evaluations because we don’t want just athletes. We want girls who are going to be dedicated to school and their school work too. That’s a part of their score.”

Holcomb said Redline dancers are primarily involved with LHS home basketball games, but they do get some dance time elsewhere as well.

“We do occasionally do football games,” she said. “Sometimes, they take part in the parade or different things around town. We’re a big part of the pep rallies in football and basketball season.”

Packets for tryouts can still be picked up for the tryouts.

“If they’re in eighth grade, they pick them up at either Seymour or Eisenhower main office,” Holcomb said. “The ninth through 11th graders pick them up at the high school. They just have to show up to at least two clinics. If they don’t come to the Monday and Tuesday, but all of a sudden on the Wednesday and Thursday they decide they want to try, they can still come those two days. That’s really our only stipulation. You have to at least come to two clinics. They have until that Wednesday to make their decision.”

Clinics take place from 7 to 9 p.m. March 25 and 26 and from 4 to 6 p.m. March 27 and 28 all at LHS. The tryouts likewise take place at the high school starting at 9 a.m. March 30.

As for activities for the upcoming school year, Holcomb said those are still up in the air.

“We usually don’t do all the scheduling till summer because the athletic department’s working through spring sports still,” she said. “Probably about April, May, we’ll start. We usually start with after tryouts, we have a parent meeting. That’ll be in April. Then we’ll start fundraiser. Then our camp’s the end of July. That’s here in town.”

Holcomb said being a Redline dancer is not just about dance.

“They have to show dedication to their school work, attendance, grades,” she said. “We really look for girls who are going to be responsible. I don’t like to hold their hand and walk them through every step. A lot of girls get nervous because they’ve never danced at a studio or taken lessons, but this year, half of our team had never had prior dance experience. I try to tell people ‘Don’t worry about that.’ I had a girl last year. She had never danced before Redline Dance team, and she went on to dance in college. You don’t have to take your whole life of dance.” 

For more information about the tryouts, call Holcomb at 620-655-3850.

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