Silver Stars perform in spring show

The event took place on Friday, March 24 and featured performances from throughout the season

Nora Lucas, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

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  • In dedication to her father, junior Emma Barge dances to "Banana Pancakes."

  • Junior Emma Barge lowers into the splits during her solo.

  • Sophomore Olivia Augustine, seniors Lauren Schath and Paige Habiger dance in the pom routine.

  • Junior Emma Barge holds up her hand in the junior ensemble.

  • Senior Lauren Schath kicks her leg up during her solo.

  • Lowered into the splits, senior Julia Kemp smiles during her solo.

  • Young dancers practice their routine at the Shining Stars clinic.

  • Sophomore Olivia Augustine dances with Shining Stars students.

  • Freshman Ali Greenhalgh reaches to hold hands during the lyrical jazz routine.

  • In her solo, junior Abby Sutton reaches up.

  • Senior Julia Kemp smiles during the pom routine.

  • Teaching a dance at the Shining Stars clinic, freshman Sydney Ebner bends over.

  • Bent backwards, senior Paige Habiger performs her solo.

  • Junior Abby Sutton reaches her leg up during her solo.

  • During the senior ensemble, seniors Lauren Schath, Kat Rouse and Paige Habiger reach out.

  • Senior Paige Habiger dances during the senior ensemble.

  • Freshman Samantha Pennington, sophomores Eve Steinle, Olivia Augustine and Addie Ward dance during the lyrical jazz routine.

  • Sophomore Addie Ward runs through a dance with students at the Shining Stars clinic.

  • At the end of the Silver Studs dance, senior Ross Acree lands in a dab.

  • Reaching out, senior Kat Rouse performs her solo.

  • During her solo, senior Julia Kemp moves forward.

  • Senior Kat Rouse grabs her heart during a solo dedicated to her mother.

  • In the hip hop routine, junior Emmy Bidnick dances.

  • Junior Abby Sutton kneels forward during her solo.

  • Juniors Abby Sutton, Emma Barge and Emmy Bidnick pose during the junior ensemble.

  • Senior Kat Rouse kicks her leg back during her solo.

  • Sophomore Addie Ward points up while dancing in the competition hip hop routine.

  • Senior Julia Kemp and sophomore Olivia Augustine dance during the pom routine.

  • Dancing in the lyrical jazz routine, junior Emmy Bidnick reaches up.

  • In the pom routine, junior Emmy Bidnick and senior Paige Habiger wave their hands in the air.

  • Junior Emmy Bidnick jumps during the pom routine.

  • Performing her solo, junior Emmy Bidnick completes a back flip.

  • Junior Emmy Bidnick reaches up at the end of her solo.

  • Silver Studs lower senior Ross Acree to the ground after a lift.

  • Senior Paige Habiger does a pirouette during her solo.

  • Performing her solo, junior Emmy Bidnick turns.

  • Juniors Emmy Bidnick, Emma Barge and Abby Sutton dance during the junior ensemble.

  • Dancing as a Silver Stud, senior Brady Rolig points.

  • Junior Emmy Bidnick, senior Kat Rouse and sophomore Olivia Augustine dance during the hip hop routine.

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The Silver Stars dance team performed in its annual spring show on Friday, March 24. The show featured team, solo and ensemble dances from throughout the season, as well as performances from the Silver Studs, Silver Star moms and the Shining Stars dance clinic.

As it is the last time the team will dance together for the season, the spring show is often emotional for both seniors and underclassmen alike. Still, senior Julia Kemp believes the content of her dances made the event a positive experience.

“I had my solo, the jazz routine and then senior dance,” Kemp said, “so I think those three combined are such a good combination of all the things I was feeling. I could just dance it out.”

For junior Emma Barge, the seniors will leave a big impact on the team as a whole.

“[I’ll miss] them being there all the time,” Barge said. “They’re such positive people and bring such a good energy to the group. It’s going to be so weird without them next year.”

The event was emceed by Silver Stud seniors Brady Rolig and Ross Acree, who led games and competitions in between performances. One competition, however, went awry when Silver Stud senior Brady Garrison ripped his shorts in a toe-touch event. A pair of basketball shorts were quickly secured.

Additionally, videos made by Barge were also played in between dances. These videos featured a different team member each time who gave insight to the team’s dynamic and important events throughout the season.

Barge explains the process for the videos.

“First, the seniors came up with the topics, and then we all got to pick which ones we wanted,” Barge said. “I asked when they could come in, either during my Broadcast hour, after school or before school, and I filmed them.”

The annual Shining Stars dance clinic, led by the dance team, is an opportunity for girls in kindergarten through 8th grade to learn dance techniques and perform alongside the Silver Stars at the spring show.

“I had second and third graders,” Kemp said, “so we did a double turn, a leap, a kick, and then as you get older, [it gets more difficult]. We definitely try to prepare the 8th graders for what we would do if they were trying out, so they do a variation of jazz, pom and hip hop.”

Barge’s favorite moment of the night was performing her solo, “Banana Pancakes,” which she says was an emotional experience for her.

“It was for my dad, and I kind of surprised everyone with it,” Barge said. “I think it was a really special moment.”

Above all, Kemp says her last performance makes her proud of the time she’s spent dancing in a Mill Valley uniform.

“Dance team is my identity,” Kemp said. “Walking around this school and not being a Silver Star, I don’t really know what I’m going to do. I feel like an imposter, wearing Silver Stars stuff, because I’m not one anymore. It was who I was in high school, and I feel like I’ll always be a Silver Star, no matter what.”


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