Thomasville High School’s Red Hots danceline performs weekly at the football games with pride and spirit!
In addition to performing as an auxiliary of the THS Marching Band, Red Hots have won first place and individual accolades at state-level competitions in Jazz, Lyrical, Pom, Kick, and Hip Hop dances. They also represent THS at community events like the Special Olympics, Scott Elementary Black History Program, and MPMS Talent Show.
Most recently, the Red Hots received a superior rating and were named “Best in Class” at the 14th Annual Battle on the Border in Valdosta, Georgia.
The Red Hots is an auditioned dance line of 8th-12th grade students. In order to get on the team the girls must have great teacher recommendations, be able to memorize dances fairly quickly, and must maintain at least a C average,.
Alison Bundrick serves as the coach for the Red Hots as well as the middle school’s danceline team, “Dance Dawgs.” She teaches the dance elective at Scholars Academy which was the beginning of the idea of having an extra-curricular danceline. Bundrick explained that the start of the danceline wasn’t her idea, it was inspired by former Scholars Academy Director Dr. Dale Graham.
“She wanted something to add some sparkle to the halftime show,” said Bundrick.
Bundrick has been over the danceline since 2012, which marks 2019 as her seventh year. Bundrick started dancing at the young age of three and has an extensive performing, teaching, and choreographic career.
“Ballet was my first love,” said Bundrick.
Beyond the physical rigors, technical instruction, and performing experience there are many social benefits of being on the dance team. According to sophomore Carly House, being on this team has made her comfortable with talking to upperclassmen without fear and has helped her improve her social skills by interacting with different groups of people.
Freshmen Mallory Bennett said that being on the team has given her a “broadened perspective” and has introduced her to people she wouldn’t normally talk to.
House looks forward to the extra-curricular organization.
“I can go to school and realize that I have practice after school and it’ll make my day a little better,” said House.
Danceline members say that the experience of being on the team has given them a better understanding of time management and has become a second family to them.