Bonneville High School is a school that gives students the opportunity to express themselves. At Bonneville, the Honeybees dance team is the ideal place to learn and grow as an athlete. The team consists of Isabella Higginbothan (9), Harleigh Keller (9), Kari Kelley (11), Kaylee Larsen (12), Faith Radford (12), Stephanie Shoff (9), Kaylee Wirkus (9), Mahiro Sumikura (11), coach Jason Coles, and assistant coach Lori Biggs. New on the team, head coach Jason Coles is putting his best foot forward with little dance experience. According to Harleigh Keller, the season is going pretty well; there are some losses and some wins as a team. Keller said, “The challenge that I definitely faced was some different ideas between the team but voices seem to come together after each idea so definitely been some no fight but arguments, there is also overcoming those arguments.” In regards to the new coach, Keller feels “that even though he is new, he does know a lot because our former coach was his wife, so he was pretty involved with the team.”
According to Kari Kelley, the Honeybees is like a second family, and “Mr. Coles is trying his best, I’m glad that he is going to be here [during] my senior year. He has the base for teaching dance because his wife was our coach, so he was helping coach for a really long time.” Kelley also shared that Coles’ daughter was a dancer, so he has previous knowledge of the craft. Kelley added, “He is also learning [and] trying his best. I never had a coach like that. Actually pushing.”
Keller also talked about the future of the team under the leadership of Mr. Coles and Mrs. Biggs. Since the team has more than one coach, the dancers will have the chance to learn and develop different skills from each of them. Mrs. Biggs will help the team improve their dancing skills, expand their knowledge, and refine their craft. Mr. Coles’ job will focus on managing the team, their emotions, and gaining new perspectives on dancing. New leadership often brings new challenges; however, the Honeybees are eager to continue their season and discover new opportunities to improve their dance skills.