Dancing DelTech Diamonds shine at 87ers halftime show
Just months after starting the school’s first-ever dance team, the Del Tech Diamonds were put to the test in front of a lively crowd at the University of Delaware on Friday, Feb. 21, performing the halftime show for the Delaware 87ers — a semi-pro basketball team.
Representing southern Sussex County in the show were 2013 Indian River graduate Adriana Alarcón Sosa and Milford-graduate-turned-Selbyville-local Carina Aguilar, who said they “brought it on” in their first-ever live performance.
“We brought it,” Aguilar recalled enthusiastically. “The audience loved us. I was ecstatic to be a part of Del Tech’s dance team.”
“It was an amazing and unforgettable experience,” added Alarcón Sosa. “After we finished our dance, all my girls felt accomplished and proud of how far we came in such little time.”
In the program’s first year, the team members only had about a month to prepare for the show, overcoming inexperience as a whole, as well as differing levels of experience within the team.
“We made history, pretty much because we have never had a dance team until this semester,” Alarcón Sosa explained. “We practiced for over a month. To come up with a team in such little time — everybody was really impressed.”
Though some of the girls on the squad are just starting out, Alarcón Sosa and Aguilar have both been dancing since they were young.
“I’ve been dancing all my life, since I was a little girl,” Aguilar said. “It’s always been something I’m passionate about, but it’s only a hobby of mine.”
Alarcón Sosa has been dancing since she was 6 years old, dancing just for fun until getting into organized dance during high school and eventually getting even more involved in college.
“It started getting serious in college,” the Del Tech freshman explained.
Though she has spent nearly her entire life dancing, Aguilar still admitted to being nervous before her first big show.
“I was so nervous,” she recalled. “Seven minutes before starting halftime, I was having a mini-panic attack. All I would think of was, ‘What if I mess up in front of all these people?’ But I didn’t, and the rest of the team didn’t either. I felt confident when stepping onto the dance floor.”
Lead by their captain, Ayla Orteza, who is a professional dancer and choreographer, the team danced to a routine that featured a variety of music.
“We used a little bit of everything,” Alarcón Sosa explained about the song selection. “We danced to Shakira, ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ We went back to the old days. It was remix of all different kinds of songs, but it all came together.”
“The routine was kind of difficult at first, because we were learning from our captain,” Aguilar said about keeping up with an experienced professional dancer like Orteza. “Afterwards, we all got down and nailed it. When it came down to doing the actual routine, we gave it our all and, most importantly, we all had so much fun.”
Fresh off their first major performance, the girls were already set to follow up the act on Tuesday, March 4, on the Del Tech campus — but due to a late winter snowstorm, the event was postponed. While they wait to see when it will be re-scheduled, they’ll look forward to dancing in the campus talent show on Thursday, March 20. After that, Aguilar said, they’ll look to perform at parades, other games and school events, and festivals.
Both dancers expressed interest in performing at another 87ers halftime show and also emphasized how excited they were about the future of the dance program.
“It feels amazing to be part of this dance team,” Aguilar said to put it in perspective. “I’m really excited that the campus could start a new organization for the students so we could have different types of activities to do. If I had the chance to do it every weekend, I would.”