With its continued success, the team will start to shift focus from not only improving, but more toward setting a standard for the program to carry into the future.
“Having transformed over the last four years from a student-led recreational team into a nationally ranked team with a strong structure and professional coaching is an achievement we are so incredibly proud of,” Pile said. “Our team’s success allows us to share all of the hard work we have been putting in and helps us make a name for ourselves.”
Winning and being known for it are great motivators, but Pile knows there needs to be more to any activity than a desire for success. When asked what her students get out of participating in dance beyond the thrill of competing, she cited the strong community the team has created.
“To be able to communicate well, work as a team, and hold each other accountable, it is necessary to create an environment that includes trust, understanding, respect and kindness to all members of our team,” she said. “We have grown to be the best of friends and have created bonds with our teammates each year, which will last a lifetime — something more important and special than any trophy or award.”