Pom/Dance Girls (Varsity)

2017-18 Varsity Competition Pom/Dance Team Photo
(Photo courtesy of Virtual Image Photography, Inc.)

COACH: Alexis Laurine, Head Varsity Competition Pom/Dance

2018-2019 Lake Forest High School Fall Varsity Dance Team

Congratulations to the dancers below! GO SCOUTS!

Anna Brush Senior

Kellie Jean Camardo Senior

Tatum Litzsinger Senior

Kylie Prieto Senior

Ben Reinkemeyer Senior

Jacqueline Schlosser Senior

Brooke Stride Senior

Caroline Allard Junior

Olivia Elsasser Junior

Marissa Giangiorgi Junior

Ava Manelis Junior

Lilly Neil Junior

Lauren Plante Junior

Lilia Simeck Junior

Lucy Surkamer Junior

Caroline Walsh Sophomore

Lauren Milanak Freshman



Athletics Roster

2017-18 Varsity Competition Pom/Dance Roster

Name Year
Anna Brush 2019
Kellie Jean Camardo 2019
Eleanor (Nell) Dasso 2018
Meredith Delaney 2018
Marissa Giangiorgi 2020
Kailey Hetler 2018
Tatum Litzsinger 2019
Ava Manelis 2020
Caroline Martino 2018
Lilly Neil 2020
Erin Nolan 2018
Kylie Prieto 2019
Ben Reinkemeyer2019
Jacqueline Schlosser2019
Lilia Simeck2020
Brooke Stride 2019

Head Coach (Winter): Alexis Laurine
Assistant Coach (Winter): Nikki Lazzaretto

Superintendent: Michael Simeck
Principal: Dr. Chala Holland
Athletic Director: Tim Burkhalter

Nickname: Scouts
Team Colors: Royal Blue & Gold
Enrollment 1672

Team News

Team News

LFHS Dance Team and Coach at Wide World of Sports

The Varsity Dance Team traveled to Orlando to participate in the 2018 National Dance Team Championship on February 3 and 4 and placed fourth in the Medium Varsity Pom Category and sixth in the Medium Varsity Jazz Category. This championship attracts dance teams from around the country and seems to get bigger and more competitive every year.

Lake Forest was the lone team in their group to go straight to finals from the preliminary round in the pom category and was one of 18 finalists selected from the semi-final round to go on to the finals in the jazz category. There were 16 finalists in the pom division. Great job, Scouts!

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Congratulations to the LFHS Varsity Dance Team, who placed third with a score of 94.12 at the IHSA Dance State Finals--just behind Lake Zurich (95.38), who was first and second-place Geneva (94.94). Highland placed first in the 1A Division and Elmhurst (York) placed first in 3A.

Other results in 2A are:


1. Lake Zurich 95.382.
2. Geneva 94.94
3. Lake Forest 94.12
4. Antioch 92.38
5. Bensenville (Fenton) 91.22
6. Sycamore 90.62
7. New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) 89.44
7. Wheaton (St. Francis) 89.44
9. Vernon Hills 89.18
10. Wauconda 89.12
11. Park Ridge (Maine East) 88.90
12. Oak Forest 87.48

Dance team performing jazz routine at IHSA State Competition
Ben Reinkemeyer performs jazz routine at IHSA State Competition
Pictures by Dave Brush

The LFHS Varsity Dance Team has advanced to the IHSA State 2A Dance Finals on Saturday, January 27. They will be performing their jazz routine at 2:56 PM at Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena. Go Scouts!


Varsity Competitive Dance Team Advance to the IHSA Competitive Dance State Tournament

Once again, congratulations go out to the LFHS Varsity Dance team on their second-place finish--just a .8 behind Antioch--at the Mundelein High School Competitive Dance Sectionals on Saturday, January 20 . As a result, they will be heading down to Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 South Madison Street, to perform their jazz routine at the IHSA Competitive Dance State Tournament on January 26 and 27.

Varsity and JV Dance Teams with Conference Champion Trophies

Congratulations go out to the Varsity and JV Dance Teams, who placed first at the North Suburban Conference Championship on Friday, January 12, at Waukegan High School.

Congratulations to the Lake Forest High School Varsity and JV Dance Teams, who began the new year by bringing home trophies for their pom and jazz routines at the Chicagoland Dance Championship, which was held at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, January 6. The competition draws teams from Illinois and the surrounding states in the Midwest.

Congratulations to the Varsity Dance Team, who placed second out of 20 teams with a jazz routine in the 2A Division at the Warren Invitational on Sunday, December 17. Lake Zurich placed first with their hip hop routine and Antioch placed third.

Next up is the UDA Chicagoland Dance Championship at UIC on January 6. Go Scouts!!

Varsity Dance Team pose for photo after placing second at Warren Invite.

Looking back at Nationals 2017

Varsity Dance Team Places Second in Large Varsity Pom at Nationals

Congratulations to the Varsity Dance Team on their second-place finish in the large varsity pom division at the UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida on February 5--a mere .1 out of first place! Great job ladies!

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Team News From Previous SeasonsSearch here



Alexis Laurine, LFHS Head Varsity Competitive Pom/Dance Coach

Alexis Laurine, Head Varsity Competition Pom/Dance

2017-18 marks Coach Laurine's first year as the Head Varsity Competition Pom/Dance Team coach. She is a native of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Coach Laurine has danced since the age of two and grew up dancing in a studio studying genres such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, and hip hop. She also has a love for choreographing and performing in musical theater productions.

She is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a BFA in Dance. During her time at Lindenwood, she was also a member of LU's nationally-ranked cheerleading team.

Alexis was a St. Louis Rams Cheerleader for two seasons and capped off her professional cheerleading career by being selected to represent the Rams at the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, where she danced alongside pop singer Rachel Platten.


Nikki Lazzaretto, Assistant Varsity
Competition Pom/Dance Team

Coach Lazzaretto has been coaching Pom/Dance at Lake Forest High School since 2011. During this time the team won the first-ever IHSA Sectionals held in Illinois for AA division dance and won the 2013 & 2014 National title for the large varsity pom division at the UDA National Dance Team Championship.

Previous coaching experience includes: Technique coach--Libertyville High School (2003-2006), Varsity Pom coach--Libertyville High School (2007-2011). In July of 2012, she was on the cover and featured in Lake County Magazine for her contribution to the arts.

Coach Lazzaretto received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rollins College with a minor in Secondary Education and Dance, her Master of Arts in teaching and leadership from St. Xavier Unversity, and a Master of Education in Reading and Literacy and Certified Reading Specialist from Benedictine University. Currently, she is working at Dancecenter North as an instructor and Associate Director and at Lincolnshire Academy of Dance as an instructor. Coach Lazzaretto is also on staff in the Fine Arts department at Deerfield High School.




2019 Anna Brush
2019 Kellie Jean Camardo
2020 Marissa Giangiorgi
2019 Tatum Litzsinger
2020 Ava Manelis
2020 Lilly Neil
2019 Kylie Prieto
2019 Benjamin Reinkemeyer
2019 Jacqueline Schlosser
2020 Lilia Simeck
2019 Brooke Stride

*4th year Participation
2018 Eleanor (Nell) Dasso
2018 Meredith Delaney
2018 Kailey Hetler
2018 Caroline Martino
2018 Erin Nolan

Kellie Jean Camardo

KellieJean Camardo
Eleanor (Nell) Dasso
Meredith Delaney
Kailey Hetler
Tatum Litzsinger
Caroline Martino
Kylie Prieto
Benjamin Reinkemeyer
Brooke Stride

MOST VALUABLE – voted on by team
Kellie Jean Camardo

Lilia Simeck

MOST SPIRITED – voted on by team
Ava Manelis

Meredith Delaney

Kailey Hetler
Meredith Delaney
Kellie Jean Camardo

Nell Dasso
Ben Reinkemeyer
Lilly Neil

Warren Competition – 2nd place – 91.40 score
NSC Conference – 1st place – 94.20 score

UDA Chicagoland Regional Competition –
Pom – 2nd place – 83.38 score
Jazz – 1st place – 85.38 score

IHSA Sectional Competition – 2nd place – 91.77 score
IHSA State Competition – 3rd place – 94.12 score

UDA National Dance Team Championship –
Pom – 4th place – 87.79 score
Jazz – 6th place – 85.74 score

Archived Awards


Varsity Blue Pom/Dance Team Awards - Winter 2014-15
Posted: Apr 6 2015

Varsity Blue Pom/Dance Team Awards - Winter 2013-14
Posted: Mar 23 2014