At their first competitive performance ever, one local group sang and danced their way to a first place finish.
With toes pointed and vocals ready, the High Heeled Harmonies prepare for their third and final competitive show choir performance of the year.
Just weeks ago, the all female group of Naperville North High School singers and dancers took center stage at the Power City Classic in Keokuk, Iowa where they took home a first place finish in their division.
Show Choir Director, Nick Janssen helped put the club together in 2011 and at the start of their second season the students asked him to take their talents one step further.
“We really decided that becoming competitive was our way to not win or lose but our way to set higher goals for ourselves,” said Janssen.
The High Heeled Harmonies make up only one of North’s competitive show choirs. The co-ed group Entourage is also adding hardware to the trophy case.
So far this season, they’ve earned two first runner ups and one third-place finish. Senior member Kayla Combs was a judge favorite, and took home best vocalist of the entire competition.
“It was a really cool feeling. I wasn’t expecting it at all. So it was nice to get recognized,” Combs said.
Only in their first real season, both the High Heeled Harmonies and Entourage have made names for themselves in the hallways. Some students compare the after-school activity to FOX’s TV series, Glee, but the performers say it’s much more than that.
“It’s really extensive the amount of work and coordination it takes to be able to sing the words is one thing. To be able to dance is another thing,” said Senior Ali Betuzzi. “To be able to do them both at one time is incredibly difficult.”
Senior David Brennan joined the group shortly after its inception. “It’s a really good experience. Especially being the first group from our school,” he said. “We talk about how we’re setting a trend for future groups and that’s a really good feeling and I’m really proud to be a part of this group. Especially this year.”
About 80 students are involved in the show choirs. Auditions for next year’s groups will be held in May.
Entourage and the High Heeled Harmonies will perform again at the Grand River National Show Choir Invitational on Saturday, March 16th.
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