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Being part of UK dance team “dream come true” for Casey Sartore

Casey Sartore (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Freshman Casey Sartore of Henderson County comes from a UK family and always knew she wanted to attend the University of Kentucky. Once she started dancing in the seventh grade, she also hoped to one day be on the UK dance team.

She just completed her first season with the team and admits it’s hard to put into words what that meant to her.

“I kind of get emotional thinking about it. I have met my best friends on this team and I don’t know what I would do without them,” she said. “It’s amazing to dance in front of all these people. It is a dream come true. I have worked for this my whole life to get a chance to be one of the girls who gets to do it every game. It’s just amazing.”

She said her high school coach Chelsie Staples is a “huge UK fan” just like her family members. It was her high school coach who encouraged her to try out for the team.

“She pushed me and we worked for it and that’s all I wanted ever since I started high school. To get to do it is just awesome,” Sartore said. “Not all teams are as close as we are. There is never really drama or anything.

“I know that’s hard to believe, but we are all just best friends and have each other’s backs. We know any day at any time we could turn to our friends on the team for whatever we need and that has made this dream even better for me.”

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