Getting to Know the 2013-14 Michigan Dance Team: Juniors

Jan. 8, 2014

Throughout the school year, will introduce the 26 members of the Wolverines' 2013-14 dance team. Up this week is Madison Haase, a junior from Waterford, Mich.

Madison Haase
Madison Haase
Class: Junior  •  Height: 5-5
Hometown: Waterford, Mich.  •  High School: Walled Lake Northern

  • Enrolled College: School of Nursing
  • Major: Nursing
  • Competition History: Dance Place Ltd. Competition Team (2003-2007), Dance Dynamics Performing Company (2007-2011), Michigan Dance Team
  • Favorite Dance Memory: There was one particular convention that I attended during a summer of high school. It was a week long with dancing 6-10 hours a day. I went by myself and I didn't know anyone. It was a great experience for me to find myself as a dancer.
  • Favorite Michigan Memory: Being in my first football game as a member of the Michigan dance team and running out of the tunnel. Seeing 100,000-plus Michigan fans so alive in the most beautiful stadium was so incredibly overwhelming. I cried and I will remember that forever.
Kendal Zemmin
Kendal Zemmin
Class: Junior  •  Height: 5-2
Hometown: Commerce Township, Mich.  •  High School: Walled Lake Central

  • Enrolled College: Literature, Science and the Arts
  • Major: Psychology
  • Competition History: Dynamic Dancers Performing Company (2001-2011), Walled Lake Central Pom Team, Michigan Dance Team
  • Favorite Dance Memory: Winning New York City Dance Alliance nationals in New York City with the Dynamic Dancers Performing Company.
  • Favorite Michigan Memory: The Michigan football win over Michigan State in 2012. My teammates and I rushed the field of the Big House!
Kelsey Arnold
Kelsey Arnold
Class: Junior  •  Height: 5-6
Hometown: Washington Township, Mich.  •  High School: Eisenhower High School

  • Enrolled College: Kinesiology
  • Major: Movement Science with a minor in French
  • Competition History: Raedene's Dancin' Stars Studio Competition and All Star Teams (2002-11), Eisenhower Dance (2007-11), Michigan Dance Team
  • Favorite Dance Memory: My first game dancing in the Big House!
  • Favorite Michigan Memory: Marching with the band to the pep rally in Tampa at the Outback Bowl this past year.
Cassidy Lawlor
Cassidy Lawlor
Class: Junior  •  Height: 5-10
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.  •  High School: Brighton

  • Enrolled College: Literature, Science and the Arts
  • Major: Communication studies with a minor in music
  • Competition History: Competitive studio dance team (15 years), Brighton H.S. dance team (four years), Michigan Dance Team
  • Favorite Dance Memory: Traveling to the football bowl game in Tampa, Fla., was an opportunity I will always cherish. Walking in the parade and feeling right at home with all of the Michigan fans was unreal and dancing at the game was indescribable. The amount of spirit and love that Michigan fans brought to Florida made it feel so special to dance for our school.
  • Favorite Michigan Memory: Experiencing basketball's Final Four game win in Atlanta with all our students. I didn't think it was possible to fall more in love with Michigan, but I did.
Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee
Class: Junior  •  Height: 5-2
Hometown: Pebble Beach, Calif.  •  High School: Stevenson

  • Enrolled College: Ross School of Business
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Competition History: California Ballet Academy (2004-07), Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (2007-11), Michigan Dance Team
  • Favorite Dance Memory: I have two: being in The Nutcracker for the first time and playing Clara. The other is being a party girl at San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker
  • Favorite Michigan Memory: My first time running out of the tunnel for a Michigan football game.

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