The Cardinal dance team made great strides last year, finishing fifth overall in the Central Lakes Conference high kick division and placing seventh in the jazz/funk division, and coach Christine Reilly will have back two of the four All-CLC selections for this year’s team.
Their fifth place finish is the highest for the Cardinals since dance was added as a sport.
Returning are Alexis Kokett, who earned All-Conference honors in both high kick and jazz/funk, as well as Emily Haan, All-Conference in high kick.
“This year’s dance team has fantastic leadership from the juniors and our one senior member,” said Reilly. “They are extremely positive, had workers and a fun group to work with.
“With half of the team being new this season, I couldn’t ask for a better group of upperclassmen to welcome the new girls and help train them in.”
The one senior on the team is Madison Groettum, a returning letter winner. Other letter winners include Kokett, Haan, Kendra Sukke, Kenzie Stark, Samantha Winther and Lyndsey Harp.
“We have a high energy kick routine with more difficulty in kick technique than we have had in the past,” Reilly said. “The jazz routine is also beefed up technically. The music and vision I had for this jazz routine has really stretched the choreographers to go out of their box and pushed the team to try a bit of a new style.
“An important thing to know about girls’ dance in Minnesota is that all choreography must be done by coaches and students collectively. Veteran team members put in many, many hours of work, along with the coaching staff, on the creativity of a routine before the season begins.”
The Cardinals have added four new members to the team this season – junior Shelby Steidl, in her first year out for dance; sophomore Sadee Kirckof; freshman Chelsea Drown; and 8th grader Paige Revering, in her first year out for dance.
SENIORS – Madison Groettum
JUNIORS – Alexis Kokett, Emily Haan, Kendra Sukke, Kenzie Stark, Samantha Winther, Shelby Steidl.
SOPHOMORES – Sadee Kirckof.
FRESHMAN – Chelsea Drown.
8TH GRADER – Paige Revering.
JV ROSTER – Abbie Biegner (9), Skye Dorman (10), RyAnn Graff (10), Andrea Gerdes (8), Amber Kohls (9), Kaylee Nieland (8), Brooke Rinicker (9), Chloe Schmidt (8), Laura Timm (8), Payton Thoennes (8).
COACHES – Christine Reilly, Chris Harris.