Mo Rammel’s interests are something her coach has never seen before.
The junior basketball player at Central is also heavily involved in dance, a combination Bearcats coach Lisa Blalock said she’s never seen before in her years as a basketball player or coach.
“She, I guess, just stuck with both and has a love for both of them,” Blalock said. “And I know she works really hard at both of them. So that’s just what makes it so special and so intriguing, is that she is able to do both at a high level.”
Rammel’s two activities involve some juggling, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays. On those nights, she goes to dance after basketball practice, then goes home to tackle homework, with a class load that includes some Advanced Placement courses.
“Some nights it’s pretty late (when) we have projects due and writing to do for class,” Rammel said.
The junior traveled to London last summer during the Summer Olympics, performing with a group from Premiere Dance Center.
Rammel picked up dance when she was a young child. Although she performs in a variety of styles, her favorite type is lyrical. She describes it as something of a mix between ballet and jazz.
Her trip to London was the first time she left the United States, so it was something of a culture shock. She found the food to be different, among other things.
The performances were Rammel’s favorite part of the trip, saying she viewed them as an opportunity to give people from another country a new experience, possibly exposing them to a type of dance they hadn’t seen before.
The group had a chance to see several tourist attractions around London, with Rammel isolating Big Ben and the London Eye observation wheel as two of her favorites.
“You get to see everything,” she said of the Eye. “Miles and miles of all the history of London.”
She picked up basketball in grade school, a few years after she began dancing. Even in the offseason, she tries to play as much as she can. While basketball hasn’t taken her as far geographically as dancing, she has gone to camps in the surrounding area.
She averages 2.4 points per game and 3.1 rebounds a contest for the Bearcats.
“Just to see her dedication in the two years that I’ve had the opportunity to coach her is awesome,” Blalock said. “All during the spring, she was in the gym every day, working. Whether other people were there or not.”
While she’s had other interests in her life, Rammel’s unique combination of basketball and dance have always had a hold on her schedule.
“They’ve always been my kind of two things that I’ve done,” she said. “I’ve been dancing since I was 4 or 5, so I’ve always done it. And I don’t really have time to do anything else. I’ve always wanted, … I’m thinking about playing softball. But, I don’t know, it interferes with dance competition season.”