Think Together High School Students Perform During Homecoming Game Halftime Show

What sets Think Together apart from other after school programs is that we work closely with our school partners to cater to the individual needs of each individual school site. With that close partnership comes cohesive support for students and, in the case for students at Tahquitz High School in Hemet, some neat opportunities. 

Think Together’s high school programs are drop-in spaces that provide homework help, credit recovery, workforce readiness prep, college admissions help, and extracurricular clubs. One of those clubs is hip-hop dance.

The students involved with the dance club missed being able to attend their program, practice dances, and perform together. “It’s been so long since I got to perform and being able to get back on campus and participate in these activities makes me really happy,” said one of our dance team members.

The school originally had set time for the dance club students to perform for the school rally, but then something exciting happened. They were asked to perform a three-minute-long dance at the homecoming game halftime show. With two weeks until the game, the students went straight to work and dedicated time before school, during lunch, and after school to practice. 

They didn’t do it alone either. One of Think Together’s Older Youth Leaders, fondly called Coach Marie, was there every step of the way to help the students create their routine. 

“The Tahquitz Dance Team has come a long way and has grown tremendously through its student leadership. I gave the team a tough performance assignment, time was not on our side and practice space was limited. Yet, with their tenacity and will to win, they broke barriers and delivered an amazing show for their homecoming halftime,” said Coach Marie.

That hard work paid off, and these students put on a great performance!

“Their return was even greater and more successful than they anticipated. I am VERY proud of our dancers and as well as Coach Marie,” says Site Coordinator Jasmin Moreno. 

“I forgot how it felt to perform in front of the whole school due to being online last year. It felt so good to be back to performing again and having dance after school with all the amazing bonds we are creating with our new dance team. As the co-captain this year of the dance team it’s a different experience than being just a part of the team, there’s a responsibility that lies behind the scenes of making sure the choreography, accountability, and everyone is notified about everything that is happening. I am grateful for the opportunity and couldn’t do it without the other two captains who have made this experience feel great,” said one of the dance team captains.