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Q and A with varsity dancer, sophomore Ellie Stone

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Name: Ellie Stone

Sport: Varsity dance

Grade: Sophomore

How long have you been dancing?

“I started dance when I was five, so this will be my 11th year of dancing. While I have been doing dancing for a while, most of these years have been studio only, and I have only found myself competing with the dance team here at school for the past two years.”

Why did you start dancing?

“At the age of five, I was enrolled in dance by my parents because my mom had always had an interest in doing dance herself. As the years have gone by and I began to take dance more seriously, I did this because it was my passion and was also a great way to stay in shape.”

What is your best memory from your time dancing?

“One of the greatest memories from my dancing career was my first competition freshman year at East Kentwood High School. I remember that we were competing hip-hop, and I was extremely nervous as this was my first time ever competing. While nerve-racking, I had a lot of support from my teammates, which helped me get through the dance. Ultimately, it was a great experience, and I couldn’t have done it without the support from my coaches and teammates.”

What’s your favorite thing about dance?

“One of my favorite things about dance team is the community. While we are a very high-stress sport, I found that my fellow dancers are very supportive and, overall, willing to help with any situation. We all share common interests and get to compete and perform together as a team.”

Do you like dogs or cats more? 

“Definitely dogs. I have been allergic to cats my entire life, and while I can be near them, I would definitely say that dogs are way cuter and way friendlier.”

What were your individual goals this season? 

“Some of my individual goals this year were to increase athleticism, learn dances faster, and overall improve dancing capabilities.”

What are the strengths of this year’s team? 

“This year, we have a great sense of community on the team. Everyone is included, and people get a true sense of belonging on the dance team. Our dances are looking great this year, specifically Pom, not only has it placed high in competitions but we as dancers also feel very confident dancing it.”

Who is the biggest influence in your athletic career and why?

“Some of the greatest influences on my dancing career are Ali Grendel, who graduated last year, and all of the seniors this year. They are all incredible dancers, and I have always looked up to them because of their kindness, inclusivity, and charm.”

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Lily Ohlman, Editor-in-Chief
Lily is a senior entering her second year on the FHC Sports Report staff, this year as Editor-in-Chief. She plays varsity tennis, is involved with the Environmental Club, and loves to immerse herself in environmental matters and concerns. Lily is additionally deeply passionate about wellness, chai tea lattes, candles, and the rain. Apart from being on the tennis court or in the classroom, she enjoys discovering new coffee shops and trying new dinner spots. Her favorite sports team is the Michigan Wolverines. If asked about the book series Throne of Glass, she would probably throw a fit of excitement. Her dream destination: Scotland Her favorite season: She cannot decide between fall or spring Something unusual she loves: The celestial world above Something she hates: The fact she can't read all the books ever written  

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