The People Behind the Performance


Lainey Wardell

Moveo dancers practicing in auditorium. The ladies are working hard.

From pep assemblies to football games, the fans are riled-up by dance performances by Moveo Dance Company and pom.

Hallie Reggio, a senior dancer on both the pom and Moveo team explains that “they’re very different, because with pom it’s a lot of technical skills and big turn sequences, but with Moveo you need to focus on being super flowy and make it pretty.”

Reggio is not the only girl experiencing both Moveo and pom; nearly half the pommies are also dancers’ on Moveo. “There’s about nine of us that do both,” she said.

Even as she explains the differences between Moveo and pom, the similarities and differences becomes all the more evident.

While Moveo practices a much wider variety of dancing techniques, such as hip-hop, lyrical, jazz, and many others, along with binding each dance to a certain emotional tie; however, pom strictly focuses on the pom-style of dance.

Moveo coach Fara Sadler, says that “probably the biggest expectation we have for the girls is going back to work-ethic in Moveo class and that they are giving 100 percent when we are preparing for concerts, assemblies, or whatever else it may be.”

Normal practice for Moveo starts with a warm-up and leads into practicing the routine they are running. Sadler explains that she understands the limits of each girl and while she pushes them to be their best.

At the beginning of the year at Moveo auditions, Sadler explains that she aims to keep a completely unbiased audition choice; just because a person made the team last year does not guarantee them a spot the following year. To keep this unbiased process, Sadler brings in outside judges for auditions and refrains from judging herself.

“I never have judged those because it just gets too biased at some and I don’t want to be accused of giving my current dancers an edge, I want everyone to have the same playing field.” Sadler states.

After auditions, the team gets extremely close throughout the duration of the year. This bond includes Sadler, as she explains, “I think, once upon a time, I used to be like the older sister, but now I’m like the mom.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the pom team keeps a fairly similar agenda.

Assistant pom coach Alesandra Barth says “Perry pom is just the beginning of a dance career for girls’ who choose it… just last year we had Alyssa Diez leave to go join the NAU dance team.”

Similar to Moveo, the sisterhood of the girls’ on pom becomes an extremely close one. While cheer opts for an outer physical strength, the pom team requires a certain inner strength (mainly in their core and legs) to get through the bustling routine.

All in all, the work put in behind each dancer in every performance goes far beyond what many people believe.

There’s about nine of us that do both.

— Hallie Reggio