Submitted photo Twenty-six dancers from The Spotlight Center in Mount Vernon perform a pre-game routine for the Harlem Globetrotters at the Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in December.

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Twenty-six dancers from The Spotlight Center in Mount Vernon perform a pre-game routine for the Harlem Globetrotters at the Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in December.

MOUNT VERNON — A lot of local dancers dream of the day they get to show off their moves on a big stage.

Well, 26 dancers from The Spotlight Center got to do just that, only the stage was a 20,000 seat basketball arena.

The dancers, ranging in ages from 8 to 17 from all over Knox County, got to perform a four-minute routine at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center prior to the Harlem Globetrotters basketball game in December.

“It was a little overwhelming,” said Katie Delozier, co-owner of The Spotlight Center on Harcourt Road with Stephanie Stute. “We’re used to doing things on a stage, but nothing as large as a basketball court. It took a whole different mindset. … We have a couple of little ones. I’m really glad they couldn’t see their parents. I think they were pretty nervous.”

The dance team included Jenna Jurkowitz, Brieann Dunaway, Serenity Lemley, Alaina Nastasi, Emma Hall, Callie Swanson, Meg Gottermeyer, Cora Stetler, Addison Hess, Teagan Tyson, Hannah Blubaugh, Hailey Frazee, Makena Laslo, Hailey Hall, Tatum Tyson, Heather Houck, Addison Barber, Laney Wenger, Kate McKinley, Makenna Hughes, Taryn Waugh, Lydia Stute, Anna Dinnen, Jillian Stauffer, Leslie Bell and Emma Cheek. They had to make it through auditions in September, and worked hard on their moves every weekend since the beginning of October until the big day.

The dancers performed a four-minute routine choreographed by Michelle Wolgamot with a medley of songs from Taylor Swift. They arrived at the Schott early in the day, and rehearsed in one of the tunnels before doing their thing prior to the game between the Globetrotters and the Washington Generals.

“It happened so fast. We ran out and did our dance,” Delozier said. “It’s interesting to see it (the Schott) from that side. We were under the stands and then ran out onto the court. It was really exciting.”

This is the second year a team from The Spotlight Center performed at the Harlem Globetrotters game. Last year, just 12 made the trip.

After the game, the dancers were able to hang around, getting to meet and take pictures with some of the Globetrotters.

“This was a lot of fun and a good opportunity to work hard and see the results come to fruition. It was just a really fun day,” Delozier said.

The team is now looking for some more opportunities to show off their Globetrotter dance around Knox County.

 

Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or fmain@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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