Bearden High School’s dance team travels to Murfreesboro to compete in the TSSAA state competition this weekend.
The stakes are higher than ever before after Bearden won a national title last season. Bearden has brought home a state title in each of the past five years and hopes to add another one this weekend.
Seniors Chloe Anders and Sydney Schriver have been members on Bearden’s dance team all of high school. This will be their fourth and final time competing in TSSAA state tournament.
“Being a senior is definitely a different role than any other year being on the team,” Schriver said. “We are all a team, but being seniors makes this our version of what the team represents.”
Both Anders and Schriver know that their senior influence can dictate a lot of success the team will have this season.
“Being a senior is a lot of pressure,” Anders said. “We want to hold up the reputation that last year’s seniors built for us and continue this legacy, but it also is the time we have been looking forward to for the past four years.”
Bearden knows that carrying a national crown into a state competition will have teams in the state wanting to beat them more than ever before.
“Going into state season with a national title is a good thing for us,” Anders said. “Everyone knows who we are, but with that comes people expecting us to be the team we were last year and even better than that.”
This season, the team added six freshmen to the roster.
“It is a different team and a different dynamic, but we have the potential to get where we were last year and even better,” Schriver said.
The Lady Bulldogs know what it takes to be great and know that a state title is just a stepping stone in the journey they will take to get them back to nationals.
“Our coach always tells us that getting there is hard, but staying there is 20 times harder,” Anders said.
The Bulldogs will leave for Murfreesboro on Friday morning and will perform in both the pom and jazz categories at MTSU’s Murphy Center on Saturday morning.