Meet the Player Pom – Elle Gillespie


Maia Brown

This is Elle Gillespie, the lion of the week on the POM squad.

At what age did you start doing dance?

I started dancing when I was 3 years old and haven’t stopped since!

How many hours a week do you practice?

On Pom, we practice around 5-10 hours a week and I dance at a studio about 15 hours weekly!

Name one thing you are working to improve right now?

Transition, transitions, transitions! Tricks are super important but how you get into those tricks is just as vital.

Pre-competition ritual?

Jogging in place to get warmed up and Pixie Sticks! On Pom, we always do our P-C-A P-O-M chant to hype us up!!

What’s something you need to do for a competition?

Perform!! Learning what you bring to a dance before competing is so important. A team that can perform takes a dance from good to great!

How would your teammates describe you?

Positive, focused, willing to help.

Who is your role model, and why?

 My role model is our Pom coach, Jennifer Amburn. Not only is she an excellent dancer technically, but also an effective communicator, positive influence, and perfect at time management! (Coach A if you see this – we love you!)

What is the hardest thing about Pom Squad?

The hardest element of Pom is learning to focus on yourself. Though we are prone to compare ourselves with others or worry about what others think, Pom is about realizing that we are all on different journeys, but individual determination can take the team to new heights!

Name something that stresses you out, and why?

Procrastination! I’m a pretty organized person, so not having something until the last moment stressed me out.

Name a recent accomplishment you are proud of, and why?

I am so proud of Pom’s work ethic. Every week, we learn a new dance and perform it that Friday. Without fail, every member of the team shows up knowing the dance and excited to clean it. This growth mindset and dedication to the team makes Pom a positive place to be.

Before I graduate, I want to ________, and why?

Before I graduate, I want to be trained in all dance styles. Because there’s no guarantee I’ll dance post high school, it’s super important that I make the best out of the time I have now. 

Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know?

I LOVE Chihuahuas!