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Celebrity Senior Lieutenant Talks About Dance Career

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Lexi Hall has developed a passion for dance since she was two years old, leading up to her current position as senior-lieutenant of the Celebs Dance Team. “Celebs is really the only thing I am going to miss from high school,” Hall said. “I have made some really strong friendships within the team this year, and it will definitely be an adjustment not seeing them all the time anymore.”

Aahana Mulchandani, Reporter

Living, breathing and loving dance, senior Lexi Hall has been following her passion since her childhood. She has been a member of the Celebrities dance team since she was a sophomore, and is now a Sr. Lieutenant. 

Hall has been dancing since she was 2 years old, started competing in the first grade and she has continued with dance ever since. Having spent 16 years dancing, Hall said she has developed an immense passion for dance, and it consumes a majority of her daily life, with her spending many hours working with the Celebs and her team outside of school in order to pull off performances. 

“I have been dancing with a lot of the same people since middle school, as a lot of us who were on Cadets in eighth grade joined the high school team together,” Hall said. “Part of the experience of Celebrities is the people you get to work and hang out with every day, which I think is just as critical as the dance aspect. I cannot imagine how different my high school experience would have been without the consistency and excitement of this team.”

Not only has Hall been an active part of the Celebs, but she’s also been on multiple studio teams outside of school.  She’s been a part of various dance teams her entire life, starting on a team at Cedar Park Dance Company. Hall was at this studio from kindergarten until junior year, and was there 4-6 days a week learning and rehearsing.

“I am currently on a studio team called North Austin Dance Artists,” Hall said. “We go to conventions and compete there, and we also have an end of year show coming up called ‘Ever New’.”

Part of the experience of Celebrities is the people you get to work with and hangout with everyday, which I think is just as critical as the dance aspect. I cannot imagine how different my high school experience would have been without the consistency and excitement of this team.”

— Lexi Hall

This year, Hall as well as the other lieutenants went to compete at American Dance and Drill competition hosted at McNeil High School. They competed in Jazz, Kick and Contemporary, and multiple people on the team competed solos as well. The officer line received first place for Jazz and Kick, and runner up for Contemporary. They also won sweepstakes, the Gussie Nell Davis award and state champion officer line in the medium team category. Hall received first place in the senior solo category.  

Although her schedule is filled to the brim with dance, Hall spends some of her spare time crocheting. She started due to her mom’s birthday gift: a crocheting book.

“I started in December of 2020 and used to crochet during zoom classes all the time,” Hall said. “It’s very relaxing and getting to the finished product is exciting and rewarding.”

Crochet is very versatile, and people can make many things with it. Hall creates amigurumi, or little crochet dolls named after the art form originating from Japan. 

“The amigurumi is just for fun,” Hall said. “I’ve sold a few things and I give people stuffed animals pretty often. I have plans to make things like bags, clothes, coasters and blankets.”

For many seniors, it is a very hectic time trying to apply to colleges as well as thinking about their future. However, for Hall, it hasn’t been too much of a struggle since she’s used to balancing her dance life with school work and had off periods this year to work on things. Hall has already made her decision for college, and she’s attending Texas A&M University for Environmental Design.

“It’s kind of sad knowing that I won’t be here next year,” Hall said. “But it’s also exciting going off to college. Celebs is really the only thing I am going to miss from high school. I have made some really strong friendships within the team this year, and it will definitely be an adjustment not seeing them all the time anymore. With that, all good things must come to and end, and I am looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life at A&M.”