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42 | January 25, 2018 | The Lockport Legend SPORTS Athlete of the Week Now Enrolling! Free Registration through February 28th! Enter code "DDFR" in the comment section when registering. Discover w/ Me Walking-Age 3 with Adult DiscoverTOTS Age 2 DiscoverDance 1 Age 3 DiscoverDance 2 Age 4 Ages are as of August 31st, 2017 The DiscoverDance Early Childhood Program is a series of movement classes designed to introduce children to the creative and expressive world of dance. Each program offers children the opportunity to develop their natural movement ability in a multi-sensory environment. Music, movement, visuals, and props will enhance your dancer's love of the art form and the unique conceptual approach to dance education will provide the opportunity for cognitive growth. 12109 W. 159th St. Homer Glen 708.301.8800 ELITEDANCEIL.COM 10 Questions with Maddy Smietanski Maddy Smietanski is a senior at Lockport Township and a member of the competitive dance team. For those that don’t know, how would you describe competitive dance? Well now it’s called competitive dance, but it used to be called the poms team. It’s sort of a mixture of cheer and dance, but it’s more of a style. People think of it as an art form, but you’re judged on an entire team performance, not just as an individual. How did you get involved in competitive dance? When I was in junior high, I loved playing basketball. I was on the team there, played travel, everything. But I also did dance. So when it came to high school I was debating on basketball or dance. But my teammates from Elite Dance Academy Studio [in Homer] convinced me to stick with dance and I love it. What do you love about it? I love the friends that I’ve made. I’m the youngest of four and have three older brothers [Jake, David, Matt], so they’re the sisters I never had. But I’m also very competitive. So I love competing and the determination. I love setting goals and reaching them. How did the SouthWest Suburban Conference meet go for the team? That was on Jan. 10 at Bolingbrook. We finished third, but we had a point violation for jewelry. Otherwise we would have won. So it was disappointing, but we know in our heart that we won. Have you gone to state before? Yes. I personally made it to state freshman year and junior year. So I hope to make it again this year. We do the same dance performance all year. So there’s a lot of cleaning and perfecting the performance. How do you come up with the routine? In the past we’ve used an outside choreographer, but for this one, other than getting a few pointers, we didn’t have to get an outside choreographer. We choreographed it all ourselves. The song we perform to is called “Something in the Water,” and it’s by Carrie Underwood. We like that she’s relative, but we wanted to make it our own. We wear blue, sparkly costumes and smile and dance throughout it. Since you perform to the same song all year, do you ever get tired of it? We’ve been doing it since October, so a good, solid 3-4 months. In the past I’ve got tired of it, but not this year. We came up with it and did it. But there are times you don’t even hear the song as you’re performing. You just hear the count and the beat. What have you learned from your competitive 22nd Century Media File Photo dance coach at Lockport, Julie Rolston? This is her first year as head coach. She was an assistant last year. She always says, “Less is more.” But I’ve also learned to go all out and be confident from her. She’s always very encouraging, uplifting, and has faith in us. Are you planing to do anything with dance in college? Yes. I could either go and continue dance at a college like DePaul in Chicago or Grand Valley State in Michigan. Or I could go study it at a university and get a major or minor in it. Then potentially go teach it. But I’m leaning toward going to continue to do dance as a performer. What’s the best thing about being an athlete at Lockport? I think that Lockport sets a very good environment for everyone. All the coaches at Lockport are very helpful and encouraging. Interview By Freelance Reporter Randy Whalen