The Alexandria dance team ended its season with spirited performances in both the kick and jazz divisions at the Section 4AA dance meet at Jefferson High School this past Saturday.

The Cardinals came into the meet hoping to finish in the top three in the kick division and advance to the state tournament. It was not meant to be as Alexandria finished sixth as St. Cloud Cathedral, Sartell and Rocori finished first, second and third, respectively, to advance to state.

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"The girls have a lot to be proud of," head coach Christine Reilly said. "They learned a lot this season and worked so well together as a team. They were true competitors, never giving up and constantly making improvements to their skills.

"The Cardinals had their peak performances at the section meet with their kick dance. Their routine was energized, clean, sharp and had awesome kicks. The team knew that it was their best and many of them had tears of pride and joy after they left the competition floor."

Reilly was also happy with the way the jazz team went out this season.

The Cardinals finished eighth as Cathedral, Sartell and Detroit Lakes took the top three spots to advance to state.

"The team was relaxed and really enjoying performing," Reilly said. "Their jazz skills continue to improve, and they hit several parts in the routine that had not been as strong in the past."

The section meet marked the end of a season that saw Alexandria take a big step forward in its dance program. The Cardinals had high hopes of earning a trip to state in the kick division. That did not happen, but a sixth-place finish out of 14 is something to build upon going forward.

"The end results were tough to take for the team," Reilly said. "However, you want to end the season with your very best and they did. This 2009-2010 season has been really special. It is a season that will not soon be forgotten."



HIGH KICK - 1. St. Cloud Cathedral; 2. Sartell; 3. Rocori; 4. St. Cloud Apollo; 5. Sauk Rapids; 6. Alexandria; 7. Pequot Lakes; 8. Fergus Falls; 9. Detroit Lakes; 10. New London-Spicer; 11. Melrose; 12. Annandale; 13. Bemidji; 14. Becker

JAZZ - 1. St. Cloud Cathedral; 2. Sartell; 3. Detroit Lakes; 4. Rocori; 5. St. Cloud Apollo; 6. Sauk Rapids-Rice; 7. Fergus Falls; 8. Alexandria