up their heels
For The King Flyers unites dancers
from different schools
group performs at ballgames, competitions
(December 2007) What does it take for 13 girls
from different schools to let the beat bring them together? Time, practice
and a lot of teamwork.
by Amy Casebier
Flyers practice one of their
routines in preparation for performing
at local high school basketball games.
The Fit For The King Flyers is a local competitive dance
team that features the best female dancers from area high schools. The
majority of high schools in the surrounding area do not have dance teams,
Heather Foy, the teams director and coach, said.
The Flyers draw dancers from different high schools in the area to make
up the team. There are 13 girls on the team, seven of which are seniors.
All of the dancers are in the high school age range, which is necessary
for their competition division.
This is the sixth season for the team, which formed in fall 2002. The
team performs at local high school and college basketball games about
seven or eight times per season. Their first appearance will be at the
Carroll County versus Trimble County boys basketball game on Nov.
The schools appreciate it, Foy said. It helps attendance
The Flyers will perform in three or four competitions this season in
addition to performances at local sporting events. The first competition
is Dec. 8 in Indianapolis, while the other two are in Cincinnati. The
fourth competition will be in Kissimmee, Fla., depending on the teams
Most of the teams dance routines fall under pom, jazz and funk
style. However, this year, they have added a hip hop routine to their
The girls have been asking for the last couple of years,
Foy said. Its a crowd favorite. Theres a lot of hip
shaking, but were more tasteful. Its got to be age appropriate.
Although Foy does the teams choreography, she brought in an outside
choreographer for the hip hop routine.
The Flyers practice twice a week for several hours at a time but still
have some difficulties remaining competitive with similar teams.
Were not a year-round program, Foy said. Were
not as polished as other teams.
The Flyers season lasts for eight months, beginning in August
and ending in February or March.
Foys husband, Mike, exacted a promise from her that if she did
coach a competitive dance team that it not be year-round. The Foys have
two young children.
Another disadvantage for the team besides a shortened season is the
lack of dance studios in and near Madison, Ind. Few team members joining
the Flyers have studio experience.
Many of the girls cheerlead or play sports for their respective high
schools. While the athleticism helps with staying in shape for the dance
team, scheduling performances at local basketball games that everyone
can attend is difficult, Foy said.
However, these challenges do not completely keep the team from being
a competitive force in their division.
We bring home a lot of trophies, Foy said. During a Super
Jam competition in Dayton, Ohio, the Flyers won not only their division,
but were overall grand champions of the competition.
While the nutritional, athletic and other health benefits are an important
part for the dancers on the team, Foy does not believe that they are
the biggest benefits of being a part of the Flyers, she said.
Its the team concept, Foy said. Its working
with girls from different schools. Theyre not friends with girls
from rival schools, but here theyre cheering each other on.
Olivia Ralston, a senior who attends Madison Consolidated High School,
is in her fourth and final season on the Flyers. She joined during her
freshman year due to her older sister, Zoe, being a part of the team.
Her favorite part about being a Flyer is the camaraderie, she said.
We get along really well, said Olivia, 17. We hang
out outside of practice.
The most challenging part of the team for Olivia is the stamina that
the routines require, along with getting back into shape after the summer,
Heathers a really good coach, Olivia said. She
knows we all have our problems. I feel like shes one of us. If
were running 10 laps, shes running with us.
Foy cheered and danced for the University of Louisville until she graduated
in 1996. She started dancing during her senior year when she had back
problems and could not tumble as much on the cheerleading squad.
For more information about the Fit For
The King Flyers, visit www.fitfortheking.com/gpage6.html.
For any female dancers interested in becoming a Flyer, contact Heather
Foy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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