Posted Date: 01/08/2018
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (January 3, 2018)—The rain drizzled down in Camping World Stadium in Orlando as temperatures dipped into the forties. 57,726 fans packed the stands. It was game day at the Citrus Bowl and Copperas Cove High School Copperettes Takara Stover and Victoria Hanson were part of the action dancing in the half-time show as All-American dancers.
An estimated select 450 girls from all over the country came together in Orlando to perform at the event with only a couple of days to synchronize their movements, said Stover.
“The most difficult issue that came up was having to add some new parts to the dance at the last minute so that the performance came together the way that (the dance company) wanted it to,” Stover said. “We learned the new parts in just two hours through an intense session late one night and then the next day we worked to clean the dance including the new parts. That was a long day working from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. outside.
Rehearsals were grueling until late at night after a full day at Universal Studios and up early the next morning for a full day on a practice field. The weather was also contentious throughout the practices and extending into game day. As the day wore on and the game started, drizzle continued, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped.
Mercifully as the dancers removed their outer wear to bare shoulders preparing to take the field, the drizzle stopped, but the wind chill with the 42 degree temperature felt closer freezing, Stover said.
“It was so windy and the temperature kept dropping. Once the music came on though, the feeling of excitement took over as we each saw the show come together as it was supposed to for all the fans in the stadium,” Stover said. “Dancing alongside fireworks and a live choir added to the excitement.”
The week for both Copperettes was filled with theme park visits, parties, dance training and a spectacular performance opportunity. For Hanson, she found herself more excited about the performance than nervous.
“Football games are my favorite thing to participate in,” Hanson said. “The most challenging part was probably learning the dances.”
After being selected as All-American dancers at a camp over the summer, Stover and Hanson received recorded choreography and began rehearsing at home in November. Once arriving in Orlando, daily preparations and rehearsals began on Dec. 28. The performers were busy from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. On the day before the Citrus Bowl, the dancers participated in a full rehearsal at the stadium and there was also full dress rehearsal at the stadium the morning of the Citrus Bowl.
“Performing in that huge stadium was unforgettable,” Stover said. “Also, the post party afterwards was special because we spent time with the new people we had met and bonded over what we love to do the most...dance.”