This weeks featured dancer is Rhiannon Seiser a senior at Skeels Christian School. Like most of the dancers I have talked to she got started at an early age. She was four when she was encouraged to get started by her mother who, “Always loved dance.” She agreed to give it a try and once she took her first classes she loved it too. A few years later she joined the dance team and has been doing it ever since. “I was super excited to keep dancing,” she said.
It’s been a busy year for Seiser. She takes multiple classes, some of which are not competition based, including the high school combo and pointe classes. I like pointe because it makes me feel “professional,” she said. “Pointe is what people often think of when they think about dance.” She equated it to ballet and ballerinas.
She is also a member of the hip-hop, musical theater, pom, jazz, modern, grad lyrical teams and is an assistant teacher at the Dance Studio.
Musical theater is her favorite style of dance. “You can show a lot of emotions and not worry about it. You can even be obnoxious and over the top and have fun with it.” She explained that it involves listening to the lyrics to make sure you understand the meaning behind them. Then you match your facial expressions to those lyrics. Happy, sad, angry, “you can hear the emotions in the music so that you know when to portray each emotion.”
She does a musical theater solo along with the team dance. Her solo ‘So much better’ is from the musical Legally Blonde. In musical theater the dancers take a song from a musical and lip sync to it. “We act while we are dancing,” she said. “I thought it would be fun for my senior year. The main character comes to realize the she can accomplish things on her own. She doesn’t need a man to help her. I thought that it was really powerful for me as I grow up and become an adult.”
Elf the musical is the subject for the group dance this year. They perform to “Sparkle, jolly, twinkle, jingly. She describes it as really fun and very Christmassy. She plays the lead, Buddy the Elf, in the dance.
After graduation, Rhiannon plans to attend Central Michigan University to study Biology. She will be in the pre-optometry program with plans to go on to the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. “I love science,” she said. “Tenth grade biology was my favorite class.”
Her parents are Michelle and Aaron Seiser. Both parents are special education teachers in the Gladwin School District. Michelle splits time between schools; Aaron is at the elementary school. Aaron is also the varsity football coach at Beaverton High School. She also has an older brother, Mitchell. He is two years older than Rhiannon and attends the Michigan Career and Technological Institute.