Morgan Lancaster learned something very important when she attended a cheerleader camp as a member of the Delta Charter School cheerleading squad.
“I realized I liked dancing more than cheerleading,” said Lancaster, who graduated from Delta Charter last month. “It’s a way for me to express myself.”
Lancaster attended a Louisiana-Monroe Hawkline dance team clinic on April 13 and had to learn a jazz dance.
The following week there were two open practices
A week later, Lancaster tried out for the Hawkline by performing a jazz dance. She qualified to perform a hip hop dance 30 minutes later.
“I was really nervous, but thought I did well,” Lancaster said. “I wasn’t sure if I would make the team or not. There were a lot of girls from Monroe and from all over Louisiana.”
Lancaster said she will never forget when she learned she made the team.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I ws so excited.”
Lancaster said she has been involved in dancing most of her life, up until three years ago when she became a cheerleader.
ULM’s current Hawkline team is the 2019 American Dance/Drill Team D1A National Hip Hop Champions, as well as the D1A Second Runner-up in the Over All Division.
“Being a part of that team is going to be awesome,” Lancaster said.
Lancaster plans on majoring in Kineosogoly and pre-physical therapy.
“Im used to juggling my schedule from being involved in several activities at Delta Chater,” she said.
As a member of the Hawkline team, Lancaster will receive between $900-$1,500 a year in scholarships, more than $800 in Adidas gear, a priority class registration, work out in a brand new state of the art Spirit Groups facility and have a personal trainer.
The ULM Hawkline consists of up to 14-22 dancers. This number may fluctuate from year to year given the needs of the team.
The ULM Hawkline performs jazz, hip-hop, pom and other styles of dance throughout the year for different functions. Hawkline performs on-campus at many events including but not limited to football games, basketball games, baseball games, the Miss ULM Pageant, Christmas at ULM, and pep-rallies, as well as special appearances throughout the community. Hawkline may also participate in UDA College Nationals in Orlando, FL in January of 2020 or American Collegiate Championship in Denton, TX in March of 2020 depending on the availability of funds.
Hawkline practices up to three-to-four times a week to learn and perfect choreography. Practices are held during the academic school year on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday mornings of Game Days.
The Hawkline works out as a team at 6 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the academic school year as well.
“I’m really excited about being a part of all of that,” Lancaster said.
The last week of June, Lancaster will attend a work week, learning routine dances and getting to know her Hawkline teammates.
“I’m really looking forward to our first home game and performing before the home crowd” Lancaster said. “It’s going to be awesome.”