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From captain to coach

Majestics’ Jennifer Larsen shares on her dance and teaching career
Parker Nolan
Jennifer Larsen, former Majestic dancer and now coach, has seen the dance program grow throughout the school’s past 11 years.

Ever since becoming a member of the first Majestics team back in 2007, Majestics coach Jennifer Larsen has involved herself in all aspects of the program, from performing as a captain in her senior year, to “setting” pieces for the team each year after, and now as one of the team’s coaches.

After graduating from the high school in 2010, Larsen’s first job position after college was back in the Majestics program where she was only four years prior.  

“I think it kind of came and found me. I got really interested in choreography and I started coming back and setting pieces every year,” Larsen said. “I would set a couple dances for the Majestics, then I started subbing, and it just kind of stuck.”

Larsen’s dance career started when she “was 3 or 4 years old,” which later led her into the pre-drill dance class as a high school freshman.

“I was a studio dancer all my life and then in high school I was told that I had to join something extracurricular,” Larsen said. “It just made sense to join [a] dance extracurricular because I was already a dancer.”

During her years as a Majestic, Larsen fondly recalled performing at “a big nationals competition,” as well as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Part of being in the first graduating class of Majestics let the team “figure out what a drill team was,” said Larsen.

“We kind of started some of the traditions,” Larsen said. “We kind of got to figure it out and experience it was we went instead of going into it expecting something.”

Being a part of the Majestics team in the past gives Larsen “a perspective of knowing what the girls are going through.”

“In practice when it’s really hard, I can say ‘I’ve been there, I know it’s hard. We have to push through,’” Larsen said. “Also, it’s fun seeing how much the program has grown and how the bar is being raised every year for technique and for ability.”

Larsen can recall the Majestics team only having 14 people during her freshman year, and can now see the differences in the program over the years after her graduation through her continued involvement.

Carter Bryant
Larsen directs studio dance class.

“The program has gotten bigger. I think the productions, like their spring show, has grown and more people are coming to it,” Larsen said. “The lights and costumes are so much better, and it’s really fun to watch where it’s started and how every single facet of the program is really growing.”

After Larsen having worked as her maternity sub last year, Majestics coach Jenny Willis was “pleasantly surprised when [she] got back.”  

“I think having somebody who knows the ropes and understands the program and knows the traditions only is a good thing,” Willis said. “She can relate to the girls on the team in a different way than other directors can because we’ve not been in their shoes.”

The Majestics will be performing a lot of throwback pieces in honor of the first Majestics line, in which Larsen was a member, according to senior Majestics major Jojo Bennett.

“She knows that not everybody has all the experience. We’re all at different experience levels unlike when she was at college, they all danced their entire lives,” Bennett said. “She just has an understanding and a way of teaching all levels, but at the same times she’s getting us all where we need to be.”

Larsen enjoys coaching the team, although it’s still “kind of a tough place to be.”

“You miss the people you were with when you were there. It’s more of a looking back and being fond of those memories because it is different,” Larsen said. “I have to separate myself from it and be a teacher and be a coach. It’s fun watching them having those moments together and I get to witness it.”

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Senior Kelsey Carroll has never owned a dog or a cat, but she’s the proud caretaker of two mini cacti living their life on her windowsill, and she thinks that’s just enough. She never forgets to water them weekly, as she’s a fond planner user who prides herself on writing down just about any task, even “write staff bio,” which she just proudly accomplished. When she’s not strumming twangy ukulele chords in her bedroom on the weekends or attempting to play a cello countermelody in class during the week, Kelsey can be found dancing to whatever plays in her earbuds (which are constantly on her) while editing photos until her laptop battery dies each night. Her days start before the sun’s up at swim team, and end with her furiously deciding which of her 16 pairs of Harry Potter socks to wear the next day. Whether she’s shooting sideline photos and dodging officials on the football field, or manning a jumbotron camera for the fans to see, Kelsey loves to be involved in any visual coverage she can get her hands on. Although she’s soft spoken, Kelsey hopes to share stories through her photos and writing as she tackles her roles as photographer, community editor, and social media editor during her fourth and final year on staff.
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Carter Bryant is a senior who is a first year staff member of The Red Ledger. He joined because he wants to work as a photographer and cover stories students actually care about. His hobbies include photography, drawing, reading, and hanging out with friends. Carter was on the tennis team and on the yearbook staff. Carter has creatively pursued other outside interest throughout the years as well. He has attended Sky Ranch since 4th grade and completed the program all the way through the highest level, which is Sigma Leadership in Colorado this past summers. In addition, he has been a Camp Counselor employee at Sky Ranch for the past two summers. During his free time he works on his photography and occasionally work under a professional photographer. He wants to become a photojournalist or an entrepreneur, so right now he takes his passion seriously. He enjoys to play video games game with his friends and especially enjoys Pokemon. He has stated if his job when does not work out when he’s older that he will become a full time Pokemon master. He reads in his past time and his favorite books include “Blue like Jazz”, the “Maximum Ride” series, and “Cat in the Hat”. If you want to learn more about him or look at his work look at his Instagram ( @cartier2766 ) and Twitter ( @carterbryant4 ).
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    Blake PfaffJan 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Is it too late to switch into majestics?

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      Kate MorganJan 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Majestics would love to have an encouraging member of society like you, Blake Pfaff