She moves gracefully through the pods, Goddard senior Kaylyn Patterson’s arms work in synchrony with the rest of her body as the music blares from the speakers in the Little Gym at Goddard.
At a moment’s notice Goddard dance coach Logan Miller calls a halt to practice. The girls seemed disappointed they have to leave so the other girls can come to practice.
Kaylyn is cautiously optimistic that her work will not go unrewarded. The one thing she wants and is looking forward to is to have a season this year. She remembers when they called her season off last school year right before the state competition. The team was preparing for the state tournament when they got the news all of a sudden and out of the blue.
It would have been the fourth year in a row she was able to have a shot at winning the Blue Trophy. Kaylyn has been dancing since she was 3 years old, when her mother, Amanda Patterson, put her in dance. She is one of only a few Goddard dancers to be on the dance team since she was in eighth grade. Kaylyn remembers what it was like to tryout as an eighth-grader and how nervous she was.
Kaylyn felt comfortable on the dance team as a freshman, she had to get used to the hustle and routine of being a dancer. In her sophomore year, her personal goal was to get better as a dancer, and each year she has met that goal.
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Kaylyn has had to be versatile and learn new dances because she’s had three different coaches in her five years at Goddard. The one thing she likes about current coach Logan Miller is Miller’s demanding and direct. Miller feels like if her team makes a mistake in practice and she notices it, they will be noticed when they are performing in front of people.
“Coach definitely does not take no for an answer,” Kaylyn said. “No, is not in her vocabulary. We will do it over and over and over until we get it.”
The dance team is expanding with 13 girls, including one eighth-grader. Last year the team had six girls on it. Kaylyn feels the best is yet to come for her and her dance team. Kaylyn is a captain this year, with the goal to get to state and win, which would be the ideal ending to her senior year.
“I want one more experience,” Kaylyn said. “My goal is to win first place at state this year.”
Kaylyn wants to dance in college and teaches dance at Just Dance Studios. She teaches tap, lyrical, ballet and contemporary jazz to name a few. She has loved dance ever since her mother put her into it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on her, she has had to get used to remote learning and misses seeing and interacting with her friends. She has missed homecoming this year, which makes her appreciate last year’s. Recently, the team was allowed to come back and start practicing in pods keeping 6 feet apart.
Kaylyn’s worst defeat was losing at state. She feels when her team hits the floor, they only have two minutes to prove themselves in front of their family, friends and against the competition with the judges. She knows there are only three places to finish in. She knows that by not finishing in the top three, the team doesn’t win.
Her favorite victory in her five years on the dance team is being voted outstanding dancer for the last three years in a row. For Kaylyn, it was a personal victory for the hard work she has put in.
Last year Kaylyn missed not competing at state. She missed the chance to compete against the best in the state. For Kaylyn, everything is up in the air and that does not sit well with her because she is such a planner.
“I want one last chance to finish my senior year,” Kaylyn said. “I miss the competition. It’s going to be hard and sad if we don’t get an opportunity to compete this year. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude through it all, but if we don’t get the opportunity, I will be heartbroken.”
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