Congratulations go out to the Lake Forest High School Varsity Dance Team, who traveled to UIC on Saturday to compete in the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Chicagoland Dance Championship where they took top honors in the large varsity pom category and placed second in the large varsity jazz category.
Pom/Dance Girls (Varsity)
COACH: Nikki Lazzaretto, Head Varsity Pom/Dance
|Kellie Jean Camardo||2019|
|Eleanor (Nell) Dasso||2018|
|Gabrielle (Elly) Larson||2017|
Head Coach (Winter): Nikki Lazzaretto
Assistant Coach (Winter): Angela McNicholas
Superintendent: Michael Simeck
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!
Congratulations to the Varsity Dance team, who took third place with a score of 93.86 for their beautiful jazz routinein the Class 2A state finals at Bloomington, IL. Geneva came in first with a score of 94.74 followed by Eisenhower High School at 94.54. Check here for all state results. On Friday the team takes off for Orlando to compete in the National Dance Team Championship on February 4 and 5. Good luck!
Another first-place finish for the LFHS Varsity Dance Team--this one at the Grayslake North Sectional in the 2A Division on January 21.
The preliminary performance for Lake Forest at State begins the 2A portion of preliminaries at 3:19 PM on Friday, January 27.
The Varsity Dance Team placed second with their high-energy pom routine at the NSC Championship, which was held at Warren High School on Friday, January 13.
Congratulations to the Varsity and JV Dance Teams who were named Varsity Grand Champions in Varsity Class 2A and JV Divisions at the Titan Dance Challenge, which was held at the Glenbrook South High School on December 11.
Nikki Lazzaretto, Head Varsity Girls Competition Pom/Dance
This marks Coach Lazzaretto's sixth year as the Varsity Coach for the nationally-ranked Dance Team and her 17th year coaching. In her time with Lake Forest, she helped the team earn their first two National Championship titles in Large Varsity Pom (2013 and 2014) at the National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida. The team has maintained their ranking in the top three among the strongest teams in the nation since 2012.
Nikki is a graduate of Rollins College, majoring in English and minoring in dance and secondary education. She holds a Master's degree in reading and literacy and a Reading Specialist certification from Benedictine University, and a Master's degree in teaching and leadership from St. Xavier University. Nikki has been a master teacher at C.N.A.D.M and Dance Masters Wisconsin and is on staff at Dancenter North and Lincolnshire Academy of Dance. She has been featured in Lake County Magazine for her contribution to dance and coaching and is currently a dance teacher in the Fine Arts Department at Deerfield High School.
Angela McNicholas, Assistant Varsity Girls Competition Pom/Dance
2016 marks Coach McNicholas' first year as Assistant Varsity Competition Pom/Dance coach at LFHS. Coach McNicholas is an LFHS alum and a former four-year member of the LFHS Varsity Pom/Dance Team. Prior to coming back to LFHS, she was co-coach and choreographer for six years for the Loyola Academy Varsity Dance Team.
Coach McNicholas received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her Master's in Secondary Education from National Louis University. She teaches seventh grade Language Arts at Lake Bluff Middle School.
2016-17 VARSITY POM/COMPETITIVE DANCE AWARDS
NSC SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
CHAR ASH AWARD
ALL CONFERENCE-HONORABLE MENTION
Universal Dance Association (UDA)
2016-17 Varsity Pom/Competitive Dance Awards
Varsity Blue Pom/Dance Awards - Winter 2015-2016
Varsity Blue Pom/Dance Team Awards - Winter 2014-15
Varsity Blue Pom/Dance Team Awards - Winter 2013-14