By Saba Partovi
With the winter season of Granada Hills Charter High School’s (GHCHS) dance guard coming to a close, the varsity team members humbly bring home the bronze medal. In light of the exceptional season, varsity member, and junior Kanto Vigo shares his experiences of being the only male out of the 23 members on the team.
Dance guard, which performs musical numbers with equipment and various dance techniques, has always intrigued Vigo since joining the school’s marching band during his freshman year.
“I left my position in band to explore color guard because,while its creativity intrigued me, it proposed an opportunity I had never seen before,” Vigo said.
While pure curiosity prompted Vigo to switch from playing the clarinet to joining color guard, it was the fear of judgment that nearly kept him from joining the team in the first place.
“I was scared to join because I thought people would make fun of me for being the only boy on the team. I was so stiff and never had done anything like this before,” Vigo said.
The hardest thing for Vigo to overcome after joining was to learn how to dance traditional ballet.
“I couldn’t even touch my toes,” Vigo said, recalling his first year on the team.
However, Vigo quickly realized that joining dance guard was the right decision. The sport allowed him to express himself in a different way and allowed him to find some of his closest friends.
“To me, performing is the best feeling in the world. It’s a lot of fun to put in hard work, and be able to perform that work in front of audiences large and small.”However, Vigo is concerned with how people perceive dance guard and the marching band in comparison to the other sports around campus.
“Dance guard, like dancing and cheer, is a sport. Most people consider sports as only running, football, soccer, etc., but just because this isn’t as well known doesn’t mean it’s not any less physical. It requires a lot of energy to perform before an audience,” Vigo said.
Vigo ultimately is striving to clarify any stigma regarding people’s preconceptions of the color guard team. “I feel like people should know that dance guard does just as much, if not more, than any other sport,” he said.