By Mary ZuHone
“Honestly, I think that ever since I was little I’ve been watching you dance…I look up to you when you dance because I would think you’re good,” Sydney said.
“Thank you,” Chandler said.
“You’re welcome. Now, say something about me,” Sydney said.
“She teaches me to get out of my comfort zone, encourages me to…do things I wouldn’t normally do because that’s the type of person she is. She’s really funny, that’s something I admire,” Chandler said.
“You’re funny too,” Sydney said.
“Thank you,” Chandler said.
Two blonde-haired, blue-eyed girls walk out to the middle of the Mattoon High School gym floor. Wearing identical dresses and the same hairstyle, one could easily mistake MHS senior Chandler Camfield and her sister MHS freshman Sydney Camfield as twins.
At the IDTA Start the Beat dance competition on Oct. 22, Chandler and Sydney performed to Madilyn Bailey’s cover of the song “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, placing second in the Junior Varsity Duet category. The idea for the dance was conceptualized at the end the 2015-2016 school year by MHS dance coach Malia Smith.
“I have known Chandler and Sydney since they were little kids, so I’ve always known I wanted to do a duet between them because they are so identical in the way they look, and the way that they dance. We started at the end of last year with the idea knowing that this was going to be Chandler’s senior year. This would be our last opportunity,” Smith said.
According to the sisters, their mom also wanted them to have the opportunity to dance together before Chandler graduates. Smith explains how she and the girls were able to collaborate in creating the choreography.
“We sat down together and picked out a song that we thought would work for the mirror concept, and then also for their sister connection. Then, from there, I came up with the choreography and the movement and gave it to them. Then, they were able to take it and adapt it and add their own quirky little touches to it,” Smith said.
Chandler explains how they adapted it by including more artistic elements where there were blank spots.
“We incorporated things that were more our strong suit, [things] that were more personal to our dancing abilities… Overall, the technical elements of the dance were the same,” Chandler said.
They were able to add their own personal touches to the original choreography, and they both enjoyed the experience and will look back with fondness when they reflect back on it in the future.
“You know how when we dance you look at me sometimes? I smile more,” Sydney said.
Chandler wholeheartedly agrees and gives insight on how dancing with her sister makes her feel.
“In that moment, when I could see her, even though I knew she was there, just seeing her dance with me, it made it me happy,” Chandler said.