All-Boy Dance Troupe

The all-boy dance troupe of, left to right, Tristan Bauer, 13, Zeke Sebastian, 14,  Colton Godfriaux, 13, Aidan Freeman, 10, and Jack Herder, 14, dance during the Move Out Loud spring performance at the Overture Center in June.

ANDY MANIS — For the State Journal

When the Move Out Loud all-boy competitive dance team performs, parent Melissa Bauer said she always hears someone in the audience whisper, “Are they all boys?”

“We will hear screaming a lot,” said Jack Herder, a member of Move Out Loud.

The hip-hop team is sometimes the only all-boys dance group at competitions that have all-boys categories and in contests held in places like Milwaukee and Chicago.

Move Out Loud will perform at Art Fair on the Square from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the Performing Arts Stage on the Capitol steps at North Hamilton Street.

The boys will present their award-winning routine “Gotham’s Reckoning” with a Batman’s villains theme, which they perform at regional and national competitions.

At the MOVE Productions National Dance Competition June 29 in Aurora, Ill., the routine was one of five chosen among all dance types from each age division for a dance-off.

This is the first year for the team, which consists of Tristan Bauer, 13, an eighth-grader at Hamilton Middle School; Aidan Freeman, 10, a home-schooled fifth-grader; Colton Godfriaux, 13, an eighth-grader at Savannah Oaks Middle School in Fitchburg; Jack Herder, 14, a freshman at Middleton High School; and Zeke Sebastian, 14, a freshman at Exploration Academy in Verona.

“To have that many boys with that much passion is unique and rare,” said Stephanie Sutton, choreographer and owner of Move Out Loud dance studio in Madison.

The boys asked if they could practice seven days a week, she said.

The boys started taking various dancing lessons at different ages. At Move Out Loud, they are taught by Sutton and instructors Mariana Berbert and Miriam Berbert.

“It’s a sport,” Mariana Berbert said. “They’re athletic. They are working really hard.”

Colton said he likes the variety that comes with dancing versus participating in a sport like running, which is more repetitive.

Parent Kim Freeman said dancing with the team has been a confidence-builder for her son Aidan.

“He’s an only child so these are like his brothers,” she said about Aidan.

Each boy brings his own special skills to the dance, Sutton said.

“By far, Colton is our master of dance tricks,” she said. “Aidan has amazing footwork, Tristan has stage presence and knows how to make a connection with the audience while Jack and Zeke keep the energy up and the routine flowing. The fact that each dancer brings a unique piece to our puzzle is what makes the team so strong.”

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