Kara is a two-year veteran of the Swarm Performance Team. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in marketing and works as a digital marketing planner.
She is involved with the volunteer council and corporate well-being committee at work. Outside of dance and her career, she enjoys staying active with group fitness and yoga classes through CorePower Yoga, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
Jessica Baltes from the Minnesota Swarm recently caught up with Kara.
Baltes: What brought you back to the SPT this season?
Kara: Dancing, friendships, and the awesome fans. I had a blast my first season with the SPT. I loved performing at Xcel and made some great friendships with the girls on the team. I also really enjoyed performing with a smaller group of girls – we became really close friends throughout the season!
Baltes: What’s different this year compared to your first season with the team?
Kara: With a year under my belt, I now know what to expect from game day, practices, and appearances. I had previous experience dancing with a professional team, but there were differences that I needed to familiarize myself with the first season. The team dynamics are fairly similar since we only have two new team members. They honestly seem like veterans to me. They picked everything up so quickly. I’m also having more fun at the games this year, because I have a better understanding of the game of lacrosse. The team is so much fun to watch this year!
Baltes: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Kara: Other than getting excited for the fun night ahead, not really…I do always hit up our sponsor, Darque Tan, the night before a game.
Baltes: Do you get to help choreograph any of the SPT’s routines?
Kara: I do! This year I had the opportunity to choreograph a routine with Kristin. It was a jazzy, pom style routine to “Too Much in Love”.
Baltes: What has been your favorite routine this season?
Kara: With a little bit of bias, I really loved performing the routine Kristin and I choreographed. We are also debuting a country western style routine this weekend that I’m a big fan of. Can’t wait to perform it at Xcel! I think it will be a crowd favorite.
Baltes: You started dancing when you were four years old. How did you get into it?
Kara: My parents sent me to my first dance class and the rest is history. At first, I was so shy, I didn’t love going to dance class, but it obviously grew on me as it’s now my passion.
Baltes: Have you had any memorable dance instructors or mentors throughout your dance career?
Kara: In high school, I worked closely with an instructor named Erin. She helped me grow in my technique and personal performance style. In college, my coach Amber really pushed me to a new level in regards to performing with a team. Under her, my team won three national collegiate dance team championships.
Baltes: There are only two home games left this season. What has been the most memorable part?
Kara: There have been so many wonderful memories. We always have a great time bonding as a team on game day – hanging out in the locker room, the tunnel, and heading to appearances together. I also had an awesome time at the game last weekend, when we invited the alumni SPT to return to the field.