Lake Villa-based Timberwolves take sport of poms/dance to next grade level
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun November 13, 2012 5:06PM
11/11/12 Grayslake Lake Villa wait to start their performance at the regional high school dance and poms contest at Grayslake North Sunday, Nov. 11. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 13, 2013 1:29AM
Not all ideas are good.
That is why you’re not driving an Edsel, drinking New Coke, or eating M&Ms covered with Red Dye No. 2.
But on the other hand, someone did invent the TV remote, so clearly, not all ideas are bad ones.
Here’s another good one, and it comes courtesy of the poms/dance program that is part of Lake Villa Timberwolves youth football.
Basically, the way this poms/dance thing was designed to work was that grade-school girls who wanted to poms/dance could be part of the T-Wolves through eighth grade, and then join the high school program at either Antioch or Lakes.
Which worked just fine until economic woes in the school district caused the JV poms/dance programs at both schools (same school district) to go the way of leaded gasoline.
The result was that when a Timberwolves poms/dancer entered high school, she either made the school’s varsity team or hung up her dancing shoes.
Enter the T-Wolves, who have come to the rescue by forming a club team for high school girls who can’t make the varsity team yet.
Kim Kestian is coach of the high school club team, which competed recently at a Team Dance Illinois-sanctioned competition at Grayslake North High School.
The T-Wolves competed in the Varsity Club group and in the Open Pom Division of that group.
Kestian has been involved with the T-Wolves for more than a decade.“I ran the youth program, then I returned to coaching. Now, I’m coaching and a director on the board.,” she said.
The coach explained how this current team came to be.
“When Lakes and Antioch dropped their JV teams, we started a high school-aged team for the girls who were unable to make the varsity squads at their schools. It’s an opportunity for them to still dance competitively.
“This program got started last year, but the Timberwolves themselves have had a cheer and dance program associated with the football program for the past 15 years.
“I have a team of 10 this year. We use the District 41 (Lake Villa grade) school gyms to practice. We expect them to put in the same work they would if they were competing for their high school teams. We start with a summer camp just like those teams do.”
As for team goals, this group has them, just like the high school teams do.
“Our goal this year is to get a bid to state,” she said, referring to the TDI series of competitions. “This team, three of them were on my eighth-grade team last year, and the rest of them are new; they’ve never done dance before. It’s an interesting challenge.
“We’d like to see these girls move on to the varsity team at their schools, but our other goal is to see our own program continue to improve and grow.”