A dance club, rather than a dance team, would allow students to take part in an activity they love at school, while still being able to have a commitment to the studio of their choice. “I would enjoy being a part of a school sport because it would give me another friend group,” Meredith Hertan ’19 said.
There have been efforts in the past to start a dance team. This has never worked out because of the dancer’s previous commitments to studios. Another issue with a dance team is you would need someone to run it. “A dance team is great for many obvious reasons, but when trying to start a new one, you need dedicated dancers and coaches who are willing to teach and work with those dancers,” Enrique Alarcon, director of The Dance Collective of Westport, stated. The dance team never went as planned because they needed someone to lead them. A dance club would allow students to work together to create a fun dance combination that does not involve much preparation. All of the dancers can put in their ideas to collectively come up with a choreography they all enjoy.
School sports have many benefits, some that are not seen from outside or club sports. “Students who participate in high school sports learn the benefit of representing their community on the field or court. These athletes learn the fun of team rivalries and revel in the praise of a job well done for their school,” Grace Chen from the Public School Review explained. There is also the social benefit from school sports. “These relationships are essential for mental, emotional and physical health throughout the high school years” Chen said. There are relationships to gain from club sports aswell, but the relationships draw from school sports give you another group of friends at school.
The Staples community prides itself on the friendly environment it creates. One of the goals of the school is that everyone feels included, and that there is always an inclusive atmosphere. When there is an opportunity for different groups of people to interact with each other, the staff of Staples are enthusiastic to try it. “I think the benefits of a school sport are that you get to make a lot of new friends and learn how to work as a team,” Hertan said when referring to the benefits of school sports.