Importance of Dance/Drill Team in School
Dance/Drill Team programs in many states have recently come under fire because of accusations that it takes away from academic studies and creates a
diversion from the focus of education. We, as directors and parents, have
grabbed our shotguns and surged ahead ready for battle. Unfortunately, the
critics find a few programs that have abused travel privileges, taken
advantage of getting out of academic classes and assume that all dance/drill
team programs are the same.
My drill team experience taught me self-assurance, grooming, good manners,
self-discipline, physical fitness and poise. It taught me to share with
others, to set goals and work toward them. I learned how to win with grace
and to lose with dignity. My director set an example to us of patience,
love, dedicating, determination and pride. I developed good study habits by
learning to organize my time. But most of all, drill team reinforced the
values that my parents emphasized and that the first and foremost ideal, was
to be a lady.
TAKEN FROM LET'S CHEER, SEPT/OCT., 1984.
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