Music is bumping out of the gym at Karen Western Elementary School.

Inside, students who have joined the school’s dance troupe are watching music teacher Vicki Fischer for guidance and mirror her dance moves.

The dance troupe has been around for nearly two decades and is a tradition for third- through sixth-graders.

This is Fischer’s first year leading the troupe, but she has been dancing for much longer.

“I went to Ralston High School and I was on the JV dance team,” she said. “Dance and music just go hand in hand. This is a way I can do my other love.”

The troupe has a little more than 20 members who meet every Tuesday after school. They are learning two routines that go along with two different songs.

“This year we’re going to do songs that kids know,” Fischer said. “We’re doing dance to ‘Try Everything’ from ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Faith’ from “Sing.’”

The students practice once a week, leading up to a performance before everyone is dismissed for spring break.

They will perform their two routines and then all sixth-grade members will perform a special number.

“The sixth-graders do their own dance.

That’s been a tradition for them to choreograph their own,” Fischer said.

Fischer said it’s fun to watch students get up, move and memorize the routines.

“We are getting them exposed to more styles and genres of music,” she said. “It’s fun just to get kids excited about dancing.”

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