The 15th annual North Star Drill Team Dance Clinic featured 105 aspiring little dancers Thursday at Bell-Graham Elementary School in St. Charles. Leading the way were 25 St. Charles North High School drill and dance team members and head coach Nancy Prentiss.
Girls in grades one through eight learned choreographed dances, including the dance that accompanies the high school song. The drill team participants created the dances and decided what to teach the youngsters each day.
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Senior Isabel Miller, 17, has taught at the camp four years.
"I think that this is just a great way to connect with the community, learn leadership skills and we even bond together as a team because we're trying to help these little kids and then we're helping each other," she said. "It's an overall good experience and I've really enjoyed it."
Prentiss, who is entering her 15th year at the school as a physical education teacher and drill team coach, says what she enjoys most about the camp is watching the drill team members interacting and teaching the younger girls.
"I think it really develops a lot of confidence in the high school girls teaching the younger kids," Prentiss said. "I love to see the little ones so excited to come every day. It's a nice way to start our school year."
The youngsters will showcase their new dance skills during the North Star Football Black and Blue Scrimmage at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 at Thompson Middle School.