Q&A with Rockwell Drill coaches: Past and present
It’s that time of year again!
Drill is having their annual Drill Review for the 7th time in 9 years. Drill has had a lot of success over the years, including their second place in the State Drill Competition in 2013. Candice Spivey was the coach of that team and current Coach Maddie Beck was a dancer on that team. I sat down with both of them and asked them a couple of questions.
I started with Candice Spivey (assistant director/drill coach for 7 years).
Q: How did it feel when you placed second at state?
A: Well, drill is a very political sport, and that led us to getting the second place. But it was exciting to see us compete with the best. I felt bad when they didn’t get the first place that I felt like they deserved.
Candice coached for 7 years, and in that time span she led them to state a handful of times. The most memorable was the year 2012 when they received a 5th place. Equally memorable, of course, was in 2013 when they tied for first and then “coin flipped” for second.
Q: How long have you taught dance?
A: In high school (2002), I taught dance at community rec classes. Then I went to college and didn’t teach for awhile, but in 2005, I started teaching again at Ultimate Dance ETC. I’ve been teaching there ever since.
Q: What are your thoughts on this year’s team?
A: It’s a great group of girls with a lot of talent. If they retain a lot of their members they can have a chance at the state title with their coach.
Q: What’s the hardest dance move to teach?
A: I would say teaching fouetté’s because the dancers struggle with the correct technique.
I then went to talk to this year’s coach, Maddie Beck. Maddie danced for her 9th, 11th, and 12th grade years. She also danced at Ultimate Dance ETC. with Candice as a coach.
Q: How’d you feel about state this year (2017)?
A: It was rad to see them perform and to see their transformation from the summer to that day at state. I was proud of the hard work they all put in.
Q: How did it feel when you went to state as a dancer and tied for first but received second?
A: First of all, Dylan, let me stop you right there. We didn’t tie for first place, we TOOK first place. The drill team world is full of politics which makes it a very competitive sport. (And yes I said sport, sexists.)
Q: Alright, how do you feel about next year?
A: I’m stoked to see all of the upcoming talent that Rockwell has to offer, and to keep the program going.
Q: How many years have you coached dance?
A: I taught two years with Candice as an assistant, but this year was my first solo go.
Q: How long have you been dancing?
A: Since I was 8, so 13 years.
Q: Who’s your favorite coach? (This one better be an obvious answer…)
A: Candice. She was very influential because she not only trained me in dance and fitness but helped me in my everyday life.
Be sure to go to the FREE Drill Review on March 9th at 7:00 pm here at Rockwell. Watch showcase dances by the Rockettes and others including the famous, sought-after male drill members.