The Brotherhood Dance Team of South Central Calhoun High School will be performing at the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa Bay. The team will perform for a pre-game show and during the half-time show of the football game between Michigan and South Carolina. Members of the Brotherhood Dance Team are Dylan Addison, Zayne Barrett, Jordan Batta, Colin Brown, Jacob Clark, Lucas Farrington, Kodi Hawthorne, Logan Higgins, Tyler Kutz, Ryan Martin, Zeb McCubbin, Jace Neubaum, Brett Nicholson, Ryan Nicholson, Matthew Nieland, Aubrey Richardson, Ty Riley, Cody Schoop, Shawn Schossow, Sam Spencer and Andrew Van Hulzen.
The Brotherhood Dance Team of South Central Calhoun High School will be performing at the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa Bay. The team will perform for a pre-game show and during the half-time show of the football game between Michigan and South Carolina. Members of the Brotherhood Dance Team are Dylan Addison, Zayne Barrett, Jordan Batta, Colin Brown, Jacob Clark, Lucas Farrington, Kodi Hawthorne, Logan Higgins, Tyler Kutz, Ryan Martin, Zeb McCubbin, Jace Neubaum, Brett Nicholson, Ryan Nicholson, Matthew Nieland, Aubrey Richardson, Ty Riley, Cody Schoop, Shawn Schossow, Sam Spencer and Andrew Van Hulzen.
The first minute of the pre-game show for the Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay will feature the Brotherhood Dance Team from South Central Calhoun and their state championship dance.
The Jan. 1 game between Michigan and South Carolina will be in the Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, beginning at noon local time.
The Brotherhood will perform during the pre-game show and the halftime show, however the first minute of the pre-game show will be dedicated to a dance they performed at state high school dance competition last year.
The all-male dance team started three years ago.
Theresa Hildreth said she began the team at the request of student Martin Wise, who has since graduated.
Hildreth said Wise had always wanted to be a part of a dance, so she told him if he got enough guys interested she’d start the team.
Wise was able to round up 15 male students, all out of the Rockwell City-Lytton school district at that time, and they formed the first team.
“The name ‘The Brotherhood’ kind of fits well because it’s such an eclectic group,” Hildreth said. “We have brothers who are in wrestling, and band and basketball. ... They are all friends now because dance brought them together.”
During the first year at state competition the team placed last out of four teams.
Hildreth said the team wasn’t very organized that year and almost got disqualified because of all the penalties they received. The team hadn’t realized that there were different rules for male dancing than the rules for female dances.
Last year, the team made its comeback. The team placed first out of seven schools, beating out Winterset, Creston, Westwood, Olin, Audubon and Prairie City-Monroe.
It’s last year’s video of the Brotherhood doing a dance to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” that got them to the Outback Bowl.
Hildreth has taken a few girls teams to the Outback Bowl throughout the years but thought it would be a good experience for the guys this year.
Hildreth works with the Just For Kix group to get students into the Outback Bowl. She said the team either has to place very high at a competition or send in an impressive video of them performing. She said between the first place at state last year and the YouTube video they sent, the team was able to get in.
Hildreth said they were even so excited about the video, the boys will be featured in the first minute of the pre-game show.
To get to the show, the team fund raised more than $14,000.
The team started in May, according to team co-captain Brett Nicholson.
Nicholson said the fundraisers included selling smoothies along the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, a breakfast stand at the Calhoun County Fair, a mud volleyball tournament and running concessions at dirt-track races.
Hildreth said the team also served a supper the day before school started. She said they were able to feed whole families as students went inside the school to meet their teachers.
The team and several parent chaperones will leave for Florida on Dec. 28.
The Brotherhood will be practicing with 450 girls and fewer than 20 more guys.
In between practices, the team has plans to go to Busch Gardens Tampa, a beach and Disney World.
The dancers will also be a part of a dance party with the rest of the dancers performing in the bowl game.
“We’ll be in high demand for that dance,” said co-captain Andrew VanHulzen.
As for the team’s future, Hildreth, who is on her eleventh year of coaching, is unsure.
She was supposed to retire twice before and said she’d like to retire at the end of this year.
She said the team’s choreographer, Kelly Lantz, will also be leaving.
The team’s membership is strong enough to continue, though.
At the beginning of the year the team had 29 members. They took 21 of those members to state.
Hildreth said the team is open to everyone, but some of the boys eliminated themselves because they realized they didn’t have much rhythm.
The Brotherhood was able to take another first-place trophy at state this year with a dance to The Blues Brothers.
The dance team still has a couple more appearances left. They will be featured in the South Central Calhoun spring show on March 8.
Hildreth said she’s also trying to organize a dance camp for boys in the kindergarten through eighth grades.
She said the girls do a similar camp every year.