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SME Lancer Dancers

Update! 5/27/2020


Lancer Dancer Friends and Family,


We finally have a tryout date set!

Tryout clinic will be Monday, July 13th from 5:30-8:30pm.  

Tryouts will be Tuesday, July 14th from 5:30-8:30pm.

Details are being finalized and will be sent out via email and posted here as they become available.  Here are a few items you might want to know:

  • A video of the tryout routine and list of technical elements will be posted here approximately one week before the clinic. Candidates will be responsible for learning these on their own.

  • The clinic will be outside and we will split it into two time slots in order to spread out enough for social distancing.  The clinic will be used to address questions, fine tune the routine, and go over what to expect at the tryout.

  • Tryouts will also be outside.  Tryout material will be adjusted to accommodate the environment.

  • Candidates will have the option of trying out with a partner or alone.

  • Tryout times will be spread out to allow for social distancing.

I will update here as soon as more details become available.  I will also email information out to all who have filled out a tryout application.  Please click the link below to fill out yours!

As always, thank you for your patience and continued support of our program!

Coach Close

Thank you, Seniors!  We love you!

2019-2020 Varsity Lancer Dancers

2018-2019 JV Lancer Dancers

2019-2020 C Team Lancer Dancers


Coach Close

Alexis "Bubba" Close has over 25 years experience in dance, gymnastics, and musical theatre.  She has been working as a dance instructor and choreographer in the techniques of jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theatre, contemporary and acrobatics for over 20 years.  This is Alexis's 8th year as Head Coach of the Drill Team at Shawnee Mission East.  Alexis has won multiple choreography awards from Nexstar, American Dance and Drill and National Dance Alliance.  In 2013 she coached the Varsity Lancer Dancers to a National Championship in the Large Varsity Jazz category at NDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida.  Alexis has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Management from Baker University.  In her free time, Alexis enjoys photography and spending time with her husband Andrew and their two children, Dalton and Delaney.

Coach Hinote

Britney graduated from SME where she was a Lancer Dancer for 4 years and won an NDA National Championship in 2013. This led her to work for the National Dance Alliance where she is entering her 7th year as an Instructor and Head Instructor. Through NDA, she has worked with numerous dance teams across the entire country and has also worked many events including 7 National Championships, USASF Dance Worlds and both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Parades in Walt Disney World. In more recent years she has served as a Master Instructor and Speaker at the Indiana and Missouri Coaches Conferences. Britney is also in her second year as a coach at The Knockout All-Stars, the first All-Star dance gym in Kansas City. You can catch her competing for a gold medal at the Dance Worlds this April! Outside of the dance team world, she works full time as a recruiter and teaches Pure Barre. Britney has had the pleasure of working with many of the dance teams in the KC area but she has loved continuing her passion for coaching at home as an Assistant Coach for JV and Varsity this year. 

Coach Rodgers

Liz grew up in Overland Park, KS, and began dancing at the age of two. She attended Shawnee Mission East and was a four year member and senior caption of the Lancer Dancers.  Liz went on to study at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, where she was a four year member and senior captain of the MSU Sugar Bears Dance Team.  Throughout college, Liz was a part of the National Dance Alliance Staff for three years where she traveled the country instructing at both the High School and College level.  Lizgraduated  with her Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing, and an undergraduate certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. Liz has won multiple choreography awards at both the regional and national level.  This is Liz's second season as the C Team coach at SME. 

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