With a large number of dance teams converging at BOLD for an invitational meet last weekend, the Central Raiderettes were looking forward to seeing how they matched up while continuing to develop a large core of new performers.
When the day was done, Central had finished ninth out of 13 teams in jazz and 11th out of 14 teams in the kick category.
“It was a really tough competition,” said Raiderettes head coach Pam Johnson. “The girls danced really well! They have worked very hard and their performance on the floor in both dances was solid. The scores were pretty tight in both kick and jazz. In jazz our scores were good enough to finish anywhere from fourth to ninth. It came down to the judges and which dance they liked the best.”
Johnson said the Raiderettes needs to continue working to improve their technique in both the jazz and kick routines, but added that she is pleased with the team’s effort. With danceline rookies making up about half of Central’s roster, the season will be a learning experience.
“We are very pleased with the progress the girls have been making. Our scores are improving and we are starting out at a higher level with scores then we have before,” said Johnson. “We have shown a lot of improvement from the first meet to the second meet. There were a lot fewer mistakes in our kick dance and the girls were much more together this time in jazz. Each time they perform the dances they improve!”
The Raiderettes open their Minnesota River Conference season this Thursday, Dec. 20 at Jordan.
“The girls will be ready to give a strong performance,” said Johnson. “It will be a tough meet, as all of the schools have very good dance teams.”