Troy Buchanan dance team

roy, Mo. - Troy Buchanan’s dance squad was forced to make a great deal of adjustments in 2020.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Carly Deal’s unit had several competitions canceled, and was forced to compete virtually with slim numbers.

That is not the case in the 2021-2022 campaign. The Trojans have three competitions scheduled in the upcoming season – and Deal said her girls are more than ready for the challenge.

“It means a lot to the girls,” she said. “They were bummed because they were ready to compete (in 2020). Being able to compete in-person this year is a huge plus.

“Last year, we weren’t able to compete because of quarantines. Now we’re practicing routines, and getting ready for our first competition on Dec. 4.”

Troy Buchanan will be taking a larger team to that event at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis. Deal said the Trojans have enough girls to field a junior varsity unit in the upcoming season, who will also be performing on Dec. 4.

“We have six on varsity, and four on JV. We have grown a lot,” the third-year coach said.

Deal also said her squad has been able to perform at local events, a new experience for the Trojans.

“We’ve gotten to participate in parades, such as the (Lincoln County Fair) Parade in July,” she said. “We weren’t able to do that in the past.”

Though their numbers are still small, Troy Buchanan has a close-knit unit, according to Deal – and she said that closeness will help lead to success.

“The nice part of having a small team is the camaraderie,” she said. “They know each other instinctually because they’ve worked together so much.

“This makes it easier for them to dance as a team rather than individually.”