Welcome to our series, #WHYoming.
We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?
For this week’s #WHYoming, I had a chance to talk with Bella Spicer and Jordyn Petty, dance captains of the Rock Springs High School Tiger Rhythm and Dance Team (TRDT). The Rock Springs High School seniors have just won two state titles at the Wyoming High School State Spirit competition, giving them both five state titles throughout their high school careers.
As dance captains, their roles are to build team morale and lead the team to success. Bella and Jordyn have both been extremely dedicated to the to TRDT, and their performances at state are proof of that. Along with winning five state titles, the girls have truly enjoyed spending time with their teammates throughout the years.
These two incredible young women are great examples of the amazing youth living in Sweetwater County. Rock Springs is lucky to have them and I know we are all looking forward to seeing what they do next!
Bella and Jordyn, how long have you both been dancing?
Bella: I have been dancing recreationally since I was 3-years-old, competitively since I was seven. I first got into dance because my older sister, Hannah danced and I wanted to be like her.
Jordyn: I have been dancing since I was two. I used to put on dance shows for my parents in our living room so my mom decided to enroll me in dance classes. I have been dancing ever since.
What do you love about dance?
Bella: I love that dance is not only a very physically demanding sport but it is mentally freeing as well. For me, dance is a complete escape. When I dance I am completely released from the preoccupations and stresses of day to day life.
Jordyn: I love that I can express myself through dance. I also love the competitiveness with dancing as well as the stress relief that it can provide. It’s my own little escape from reality.
How does it feel to win two state titles this year?
Bella: The feeling is indescribable. To go out on top and win both state titles my senior year, with some of my very best friends, is a memory I know I will cherish always. This season has challenged us in ways we didn’t know possible, so it was extremely rewarding to know that our hard work paid off.
Jordyn: It feels unreal! What a great way to end my high school dance career! It wouldn’t have happened without the time and commitment of my team. I love them!
As team captains, what are your responsibilities on the team?
Bella: Assisting with team organization: reminding the team of upcoming commitments and schedule changes; planning out uniforms for appearances and performances; notify game time announcers of team roster & sponsors.
I am responsible for promoting a healthy team climate: keeping the team motivated and on track; planning team bonding events and connecting with the team so they each feel valued.
I am expected to lead by example: I am expected to know what the coaches expectations are and execute them; responsible for setting a competitive tone and trying to encourage the team to get the most out of every practice.
Jordyn: As captain, my main responsibility is being a role model and leader for the team. Keeping the team focused and united as one is super important and a full time job! Captains also help make decisions on performance attire, team bonding events and overall team communication.
What are some of your favorite moments throughout your years on the TRDT?
Bella: The five state titles won during my time on this team felt pretty good but I would have to say the best thing about this team is the friendships that have come out of it. I get to do my favorite sport with my favorite people and that’s the best thing ever.
Jordyn: My favorite moments are growing with my team as we won five state champion titles in the last 4 years. I also loved performing at the games. I loved EVERYTHING!
What other activities have you been involved with at Rock Springs High School?
Bella: I have been an active member of student council all 4 years of high school and am the current Student Body President of RSHS. I’m also a member of the Health Academy and the National Honor Society. Also, my two best friends and I also started a senior project dedicated to suicide awareness this past fall.
Jordyn: I’m looking at trying golf this year. I also dance outside of TRDT for a studio and attend WWCC.
What are your plans after graduation?
Bella: After graduation, I plan on attending the University of Wyoming to pursue a degree in Kinesiology where I can later go on to fulfill my dreams of becoming a physical therapist.
Jordyn: I plan to attend Utah Valley University and audition for their UVU dance team. I want to major in business with a minor in construction management and hopefully take the real estate business by storm!
What do you appreciate most about our community?
Bella: I love that this community really bands together in times of need. When someone or a family is in crisis or when there is a cause that needs supporting we really rally around to support one another.
Jordyn: I appreciate everything about our community. Our community is very giving and supportive. I appreciate the big hearts of the businesses and community members who constantly support TRDT. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to be a competitive high school dance team. Thank you will never be enough for how much support we receive.
What are some of your hobbies outside of dance?
Bella: Outside of TRDT, I dance competitively and teach at Artistry In Motion Dance Studio. I also enjoy photography, running, working out and traveling.
Jordyn: I love to golf and surf in the summer and snowboard in the winter. I also really love naps!
If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?
Bella: My favorite quote comes from Max DePree. It is, “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” My advice is to always work to better yourself in some way, no matter how small.
Jordyn: Don’t get discouraged and remember that every day is a new day. Shine on!
Where is your favorite place to hang out in Sweetwater County?
Bella: I don’t necessarily have one specific favorite spot. I love to go on drives and explore new areas and take photographs.
Jordyn: My favorite place to hang out is the Gorge. I love being in the sun and hanging out with friends on the water.
Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
Bella: Jennifer Aniston.
Jordyn: Definitely Selena Gomez. Selena and I both suffer from lupus and she is a huge role model in her fight and advocacy for the disease.
What would you sing at karaoke?
Bella: The Climb by Miley Cyrus because it’s the only song I know every single word to.
Jordyn: I would sing Celine Dion “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”. My studio dance teacher and I would scream it before going on stage to release the nerves.
How would your friends describe you?
Bella: I hope they would say that I am kind, fun, loyal and that they know they always count on me to be there for them.
Jordyn: That I am a realist and loyal. I never sugar coat anything and always tell it like it is! They would also say I am funny and kind of goofy and that I sleep way too much.
What do you like about living in Wyoming?
Bella: My favorite thing about Wyoming would have to be the scenery and the community support from all over the state.
Jordyn: I love outdoor activities in the winter and summer so I would say that I love the outdoor lifestyle that Wyoming offers for camping, fishing, hiking, snowboarding, etc. I love the wide open spaces and fresh air!