• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 34s

Superstars shine at halftime show

By Heather Hintze 10:51 PM October 2, 2013

The Mat Valley Superstars is a dance team for people with special needs

PALMER – At the Mat Valley Dance Studio in Palmer it’s not about being the best; it’s about trying your best.

Part of the Superstars dance team hit the floor to rehearse for a performance at Palmer High School.

“If you listen to the words it says ‘We’re superstars. We are who we are.’ The song symbolizes our class. We are who we are whether you like it or not,” said dance instructor Chanelle Gangstad.

The Superstars started six years ago. It’s a dance team for people with special needs.

“This class is so awesome because I like my friends,” said Melanie Flowers.

“It shows the rest of the world that dance is for everyone and people with disabilities can do everything anyone else can do,” said Gangstad.

“We’re going to do ‘We Are Who We Are’ again. I want to see more smiles,” said Gangstad who works to make sure everyone always has fun.

“There’s a lot of smiles,” said dance student Kena Pugh. “Chanelle’s always like, ‘Smile!’”

At the Palmer-Colony football game the Superstars cheered on the Moose while they waited to take the field.

“It brings a lot to the community. I think it brings a lot more people who understand us more,” said Krystina Collins.

With Ke$ha blaring through the loudspeakers the team put on their best performance for the hometown crowd.

“People don’t expect a huge group of people with special needs to be out there dancing. So when they see it it’s exciting,” said Gangstad.

The team is happy to have the spotlight on them and show how much people with special needs can bring to the community.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Anchorage in Transition: Paul Alcantar reveals new ideas for AWWU

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 22:32

    With the election of Anchorage’s new mayor, Ethan Berkowitz, comes a new administration. All this week during the 6 p.m. Evening News, KTVA be interviewing newly appointed department heads about their plans for the future of Anchorage. Friday, we were joined by Paul Alcantar, the new director for the Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility. Alcantar […]

  • Weather

    Evening News Weather, July 31

    by KTVA Weather on Jul 31, 21:59

    Alaska will be ending the month of July on a good note as high pressure begins to build in from the west and in the Northern Pacific. As a result, most of the southern half of the state will see a return to sunshine and warmer than average temperatures for the weekend and clear conditions […]

  • News

    Berkowitz names new Anchorage Public Transit Director

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 21:55

    Anchorage’s new mayor has announced another addition to his transition team. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz chose Jody Karcz as the new Public Transit Director for the Municipality of Anchorage, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. She will replace current director Tom Wilson, who retired July 14, People Mover said in a statement. The Public […]

  • Sports

    East High School moves closer to playing football on campus

    by Dave Leval on Jul 31, 21:41

    Canyan Linderman loves football, especially for East High School. “It feels amazing to put on the wings,” Linderman said, who is entering his senior season at cornerback. Linderman and the Thunderbirds want to improve on last season’s dismal 1-7 record. This year’s team is excited about the upcoming season, and not just for what may […]

  • News

    Army’s top enlisted soldier visits JBER, talks future with soldiers

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 31, 19:50

    At a time of uncertainty for many of Alaska’s soldiers, one of the U.S. Army’s top leaders is in the state to address their concerns. Sgt. maj. of the Army Dan Dailey visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson today, where 2,600 soldiers will be cut over the next couple years. As the top enlisted soldier in the Army, […]

  • Politics

    Murkowski announces upcoming ‘mobile offices’ in southeast, southcentral Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 18:24

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Alaskans will have the chance to meet with staff members from her office during the month of August in several southcentral and southeastern communities. Staff will meet with those who have “concerns about issues and policies related to the federal government” and collect casework requests for Murkowski or other federal agencies […]

  • News

    Artist casts bodies in Bethel to highlight mental health

    by Daysha Eaton / KYUK Radio on Jul 31, 17:53

    This story originates from KYUK Public Media and was published with permission BETHEL — An artist is creating life-sized sculptures of Alaskans to tell the story of those who struggle with mental health. Sarah Davies travelled to one of the state’s most vulnerable regions, recently for a project called, ‘100 Stone’. She’s attempting to highlight the […]

  • News

    Police seek information on missing Anchorage woman

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 17:02

    The Anchorage Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Danielle McCall, 25, was last seen in the Muldoon Road area on Wednesday, July 29, around 11 a.m. Police say she is believed to be driving a maroon 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck with license plate EZY489. She is 5-feet […]