Kristin is a two-year veteran of the Swarm Performance Team (SPT). She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in financial management and marketing management and currently works as a buyer at a local corporation.
Kristin began dancing as a child and continued all the way through college. She danced on the nationally ranked University of St. Thomas Dance Team and has added to her resume over the last year with various projects. She loves traveling, learning to cook, finding new areas of the Twin Cities to hang out and relax, and discovering new restaurants. Kristin was recently married in September and is enjoying her new life.
Jessica Baltes from the Minnesota Swarm recently caught up with Kristin.
Jessica: This is your second season on the SPT. What about last year’s experience brought you back?
Kristin: It’s so exciting to be in one place with so much energy where we can perform and just have fun! It’s hard to pass up, which is why I came back! I was also excited to see the Swarm improve this year, and to watch our own performance team grow!
Jessica: SPT members participate in a number of events in the community every season. What has been your favorite event so far in your time with the organization?
Kristin: My favorite appearance so far this season has been the Muscle Team Dinner for Muscular Dystrophy that was held at the U of M. It was a fun event that really opened my eyes to an organization and issue that I hadn’t learned much about. I was a little girl’s “buddy” for the evening, and it was inspiring to watch her smile and have so much energy!
Jessica: This season, eight of the ten ladies from last year’s SPT returned. It must be nice already having that bond and experience with most of the team. How are the two new ladies fitting in?
Kristin: The two rookies are fitting in nicely! Fortunately, throughout the small dance world most of us already knew Richelle and Kim from previous dance experience, so it was a matter of building relationships from there! They are such great assets to our group of veterans!
Jessica: You’ve been dancing since you were a child. In your dance career thus far, have you had a most memorable moment?
Kristin: I have had a lot of memorable moments, and sometimes they are as small as a regular Monday practice. I would say dancing in college was a great moment. Dancing Hip Hop at competitions and at Nationals were always my favorite times to perform!
Jessica: What is game day like for the SPT? Have any of the vets been giving the new ladies advice for their first performance at Xcel?
Kristin: Game day involves a lot of focus and hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. We have been talking through the schedule of the game, from the in-game appearances to running through the tunnel. I think the rookies will nail their first game!
Jessica: The Swarm once again produced a SPT calendar this season. Is it fun getting to do a photo shoot and then seeing yourself in the calendar?
Kristin: Having the photo shoot is always fun! David Banks makes us feel so comfortable and beautiful. It is easy to trust that the calendar will look great! It is also a great way to kick off the season, and get ready for game day!
Jessica: Congratulations on your marriage last September! How is married life treating you? Did you and your husband have the opportunity to go on a honeymoon?
Kristin: Married life is great! The wedding was fabulous. Anything could have gone wrong, and I still think it would have been perfect. We will be taking our honeymoon in late February during our six week break in-between home games! We are looking forward to it, but I have to focus on our four home games first!
Jessica: The Swarm has themes for all home games. For example, the theme for the home opener coming up on Jan. 28 is “Native American Heritage Night.” Is there a game theme that you particularly enjoy?
Kristin: I really like the “Hive Cares” night, I think a lot of the SPT like it! Last year we used pink poms and wore “hive cares” t-shirts instead of our costume, so it is always fun to switch up the routine. We also used that night to promote our calendars, and mention that some proceeds went to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund. It is overall a great night for awareness.
Jessica: What do fans have to look forward to from the SPT at the home opener?
Kristin: The Swarm fans can expect a lot of interaction, and a lot of energy! We have some great choreography for our performances and a very talented team this year! We are ready, and hope the fans are too!