Learn a combo from the University of Memphis Dance Team’s 2012 Nationals pom routine. The University of Memphis Dance Team won the 2012 Universal Dance Association Division 1A Hip-Hop Championship title and earned second place in the pom division.
1 Stand with your feet together in parallel and your arms in a half T.
and 2 Slice your arms down to your sides and ball-change your right foot back, staying in parallel.
3 Battement your right leg to the side and swing your arms up to an L (your left arm next to your ear and your right arm to the side, making a 90-degree angle).
4 Bring both feet together in parallel while swinging your arms down to your sides.
5 Pivot to the left diagonal, popping the right foot. Bring your right arm to your shoulder in dagger position and your left hand to your hip.
6 Do one chug in place, keeping your right foot popped and your left hand on your hip. Swing your right arm down to a low V.
7 and Jump out to a small runner’s lunge on the left diagonal. Pop your back (right) foot as you swing your right arm forward in a counterclockwise circle. Release your head back on “and.”
8 Bend both knees in parallel second, bringing your chest and poms down to your left knee with your elbows out and your head down, in line with your spine.
1 Step out on your right foot, turning over your left shoulder to face the back. Bring your right arm to a low V and your left hand to your hip.
2 Step across your body with your left foot while extending your left arm to a low V and putting your right hand on your hip.
3 Step out with your right foot while extending your left arm straight up to your ear, keeping your right hand on your hip.
and Step across your body with your left foot, bringing your left arm down to a T and keeping your right hand on your hip.
4 Step out with your right foot, turning your body to face the right side, as you swing your left arm down and around to extend straight out in front of you. Look straight ahead and keep your right hand on your hip.
5 Stepping onto your left foot, pivot over your left shoulder to face the left side, pliéing on your left leg while bringing your right foot to parallel coupé. Shoot both arms out in front of you to candlestick position.
and Straighten your legs, bringing your feet together, and pull both arms to your chest in dagger position.
6 Plié your left leg while shooting your right leg up to parallel passé and slicing your arms down to your sides.
7 Turning over your left shoulder, step forward on your right foot, with your right leg in plié, your left leg bent and your left heel popped. Break your arms to a low V.
8 Bring your left foot forward to meet your right foot in parallel position. Swing your arms up to a Cheerio (your left pom directly in front of your right pom with your hands over your head and your elbows bent).
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
There's a story Kate Walker, director of dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, loves to tell about Emma Sutherland, who just graduated from the program. "We were watching the students run a really long, challenging piece," Walker recalls. "Several kids couldn't quite make it through. But Emma did make it all the way to the end, which is when she walked up to us faculty and very politely asked, 'May I please go throw up?' "