Warrior Profile: Molly Engle
Head Varsity Dance Coach Molly Engle has led and developed the high school’s competitive dance program for nearly two decades to earn the Metro East Conference championship title 15 times and State tournament advancement 15 times—and counting.
Building and Growing the Program
Early on, Molly recognized feeder programs were equally important to growing a successful athletic team, so she formed the B-squad team to teach athletes basic dance team techniques. Fast forward to 2022—and around 40 to 50 students in grades 7 through 12 are on the Two Rivers Dance Team, and Molly brings another new team to fruition—the Two Rivers Middle School Dance Team with the goal of reaching our younger students and meeting the demands of the evolving sport. The non-competitive middle school team proved very popular with a successful inaugural year. Come this fall, close to 70 students will participate in the 2023-2024 high school season—one of the largest ever.
From the dance floor and at the District Office, Molly supports families and staff in her administrative role in the Specials Services Department. Besides supporting special education enrollments and juggling administrative tasks, she enjoys helping families and staff “figure things out.”
More Than a Competition
Molly knows that instilling lifelong lessons, confidence, and good habits will have a lasting impact on these student-athletes. Two Rivers senior and dance team senior leader Lauren Walsh agrees, “Coach Molly has guided me to be the best dancer and person I can be. The dance team has shaped me to grow as a woman and has given me confidence.” When asked what her advice to younger dancers would be, Lauren answered: “It will be over in the blink of an eye—enjoy it!” Molly shares her aspirations for the program and the students: “My hope for the future of this program is that [the dancers] continue to grow and improve not only as athletes but as good stewards of our community.”
“My hope for the future of this program is that [the dancers] continue to grow and improve not only as athletes but as good stewards of our community.”
— Molly Engle