Jacksonville High School’s J’ettes share dance moves with the next generation

Jacksonville High School Girls’ Dance Camp ends with a special show.

The J’ettes’ annual summer dance camp will conclude with a recital at 10 a.m. today at 1211 N. Diamond St.

The camp, which began Tuesday, had 130 kids in kindergarten through eighth grade, according to J’ettes coach Tiffany Hickox.

The campers were divided into six groups according to their level and each group learned two routines. The children will perform the dances they have learned for their parents during the recital. They were taught by the J’ettes, Jacksonville’s high school dance team.

Hickox said the routines covered pom, prop, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop dance styles.

She and fellow coach Allyson Maul said the camp helped raise money for the J’ettes for things like costumes, competition fees and choreography fees. Hickox, who has been coaching since 2000, said a lot has changed with camp since she started in high school.

“Styles have changed…the level of dancing, it just keeps getting better,” she said. “It’s getting better and better.”

Meanwhile, Maul, who has worked with JHS for five seasons, said this year had more campers than she had seen in previous years.

“We had COVID in there, so we couldn’t have camp for a few years,” she said. “It’s just the biggest camp I’ve been to in five years.”

The J’ettes will also perform for the first time this year during the recital. They will perform the routine with which they hope to qualify for the national championships in February.