Dance: Crump feeling free on the floor

Senior Makaila Crump has become a leader for the Rochelle Township High School dance team. Crump was one of three juniors who helped lead the Chellettes to a sixth-place finish in the IHSA 1A State Finals this past year. (Photo by Marcy DeLille)

Chellette senior eager to improve technique

The freedom that Rochelle Township High School senior Makaila Crump feels while she moves on the dance floor is what has sparked her passion for the sport since she was 3 years old. With one final season with the Chellettes approaching, Crump’s goals are to continue growing and competing at a high level while also preparing to possibly dance at the collegiate level.

“I enjoy the way I feel when I dance,” Crump said. “I felt I performed the best I could during my junior year and I felt I did well in my role on the team. I want to continue improving my physical conditioning and my technique this year. I’d like to be on a college dance team after high school.”

Crump was one of five upperclassmen who led the Chellettes to a historic 2019-20 season, qualifying for the IHSA State Championships and finishing sixth in the 1A State Finals. The emotion and movement Crump and her teammates showcased this past year was a tremendous part of the team’s success. Although athletics remain in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crump said the Chellettes have a goal to best their placement from last season.

“I felt that we did well as a team with synchronization and our overall emotion during our performances,” Crump said. “I think we can all work on better technique as a team. I think we performed as well as we could last season and my expectations for this season are, if we have a season and a state meet, that we earn a top-5 placement at the state meet.”

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