Raiderettes open season at Hutch

The CHS dance team, shown here during a halftime performance last week, opened its season Dec. 8 at Hutchinson. Team members pictured above are, from left: Madyson Murphy, Emma Schmidt, Hope Robertson (back), Hannah Lind (front), Ashley Jacques, and Katelyn Worm. Photo by Paul Downer

Central dancers kicked off their season last Saturday, Dec. 8 at Hutchinson.

It was the first taste of competition against other schools for many members of the jazz and kick teams, but Raiderettes head coach Pam Johnson was pleased with Central’s performance overall. The Raiderettes took third place out of four teams in the jazz event and fourth of four teams in the kick category.

“All of the scores were really close in both categories,” said Johnson. “We were one point away from finishing second in jazz and we went through three tie-breakers in kick, so we almost took third in kick. The girls did really well considering this was the first time many of them had ever performed in a high school competition.”

Jazz is expected to be Central’s stronger event this season, but even so nearly a third of the jazz team took the floor for the first time last weekend.

“Three of my 10 girls on varsity jazz have never competed on a high school jazz team. The girls did a very nice job on the floor,” said Johnson. “If we can start out with this strong of a jazz performance at our first competition I am very excited about what they will be able to do at sections in February. We will continue to work on improving our technique and expression.”

In the kick event, over half of the team members took part in their first official performance, with 10 rookies out of the 18 total individuals.

“We had just finished up learning our kick choreography three days prior to competing with it. I am really proud of the girls for learning this dance so quickly,” said Johnson. “We will continue to focus on our technique, formations and execution.”

The Raiderettes will return to competition this coming Saturday, Dec. 15 at the BOLD Invitational in Bird Island. While the first competition was relatively small, the team can get a better gauge of where it is at this week since there are 15 teams in the kick event and 12 teams scheduled for jazz at BOLD.

“It will give us a chance to see some of the other teams that we will compete against in sections in February,” said Johnson. “It will really give us a way to see how we compare to some of the other Class A schools around the state.”

The first Minnesota River Conference competition is scheduled for Dec. 20 at Jordan.