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Pacesetters takes family, friends ‘Around the World’

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 11:22 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 11:46 a.m. CST
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The Newton Pacesetters took the crowd “Around The World” Saturday during the dance team’s annual Winter Show. The group posing during their hip hop routine.
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The Newton Pacesetters took the crowd “Around The World” during the dance team’s annual Winter Show on Saturday. Morgan Mann poses with her coed dance partner. The coed dance team has been a tradition where guys come in to learn a routine for the Winter Show.
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The Junior Pacesetter Clinic takes place the morning of the Winter Show. Girls who participate learn a routine to perform during the winter show.
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Freshman Madison Mann and senior Morgan Mann dance with their father Wayne during the Dancing Dads number.
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Pacesetter Coach Paige Meredith fills in for one of the dads for the Dancing Dads routine. Dancing Dads is a traditional number where the Pacesetters pair up with their father to dance for the crowd during Winter Show.
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Senior Jenna Dunsbergen performs her solo at the Winter Show. Jenna is a 3-year member of the Pacesetters
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Senior Morgan Mann performs her solo at the Winter Show. Morgan is a 4-year member of the Pacesetters.

The Newton Senior High School Pacesetters finished their year Saturday with their annual winter show, “A Trip Around The World.”

The winter show has been a tradition for the drill team for nearly 20 years. Pacesetters head coach Paige Meredith is no stranger to winter shows, as she is an alumni of the dance team.

“It feels really good. This year went great for us, and we ended on a very good note,” Meredith said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the girls, and, of course, we will miss the seniors next year.”

Many groups participate in the show to celebrate the end of the Pacesetters’ season, including the Junior Pacesetters, Dancing Dads and Coed Dance Team.

“I think the Junior Pacesetters is such a great thing,” Meredith said. “All the little girls coming in to someday aspire to be a Pacesetter to come out and perform with the girls. The Dancing Dads are great, just to see the dads put in the work that the girls put in.”

The team celebrated the careers of two seniors, Morgan Mann a four-year member of the team and Jenna Dunsbergen a three-year member of the team.

“As senior captains we wanted to make it the best we could imagine to end our years as Pacesetters,” Mann said.

Meredith hopes that, even though she will be losing two seniors, the team will be bigger next year.

“It will help us to really compete and put on a larger performance at football games, which I look forward to that,” Meredith said. “I think about how much dance has evolved and how much our community gets involved with this event and the team.”

Staff writer Zach Johnson may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 425, or at zjohnson@newtondailynews.com.

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