From left: Darsha Pelland, Coach Trish Ryan, Courtney Pelland and Erin Pelland.
Jolene Sitorius, Coach Trish Ryan, Kaylee Messersmith and Richard Sitorius
Seniors Kaylee Messersmith of Brady and Courtney Pelland of North Platte have signed scholarship offers from Midland University in Fremont and will become part of the Warrior Wildfire Dancers this fall.Both girls received dance training at the Dance Factory in North Platte.
Messersmith has danced for 13 years, Pelland for nearly 14 and has been an assistant dance instructor at the dance school for six years, as well as a member of the North Platte Pacers dance team.
Dance Factory owner and instructor Becky Smith said both girls are excellent dancers.
“Kaylee is a hard-working leader and I’m excited for her future,” she said. “Courtney is hardworking and fun loving. Her drive and focus will guide her well in the pursuit of her goals.”
Smith said the two had to travel to Fremont to try out for the Midland team.
They went and auditioned at different times,” she said, “but both did well and were offered the scholarships.”
Messersmith signed in March and Pelland in April.
Midland’ Head Coach Trish Ryan said the school is happy to add the two to their team.
“Courtney has such poise about her and will be bringing years of dance and performance experience to our program and is so passionate about dance,” she said. “And Kaylee is coming to our program at a great time. She has a lot of potential in growth overall in her technical skills and I believe her work ethic has set her apart as a dancer.”
Messersmith plans to major in elementary education.
“I had been looking around for a school but I really looked at Midlands because they treat dance like a sport,” she said. “Dance wasn’t considered as big or amazing at other schools so that is why I chose them.”
Pelland will study fine arts.
“I decided on Midland because it felt like home to me and I know that Trish (Ryan) will push me to my limits so I’m excited to dance on the team,” she said.
Messersmith is the daughter of Robert and Jolene Sitorius of North Platte.
Pelland is the daughter of Darsha and Erin Pelland in North Platte.
The Midland dance team recently won the inaugural NAIA Competitive Dance National Championship title.