Lakettes finish strong at home invite

Emily Shaw, Courtnie Stoddard, Mari Wiggert, Gabby Kunze, Samantha Gerdowsky, and Rachel Shirk perform during the Lakettes’ high kick routine on Jan. 11.

Emily Shaw, Courtnie Stoddard, Mari Wiggert, Gabby Kunze, Samantha Gerdowsky, and Rachel Shirk perform during the Lakettes’ high kick routine on Jan. 11.

Dance Perfect.

Thus was the theme of the Waconia Lakettes 2014 dance invitational as the Lakettes hosted nine talented teams from all classes on Jan. 11. The Lakettes themselves finished strong, with a top five finish in both divisions.

Head coach Amy Segner said overall, it was simply a great day.

“All routines were performed very well,” she said. “All coaches were extremely pleased with all Lakettes!”

Waconia’s teams have made many changes to their routines and Segner said one of the most challenging aspects is teaching teams to channel adrenaline during a competition.

“Over the past few weeks all routines from jazz to kick have been changed, rearranged, and modified to get the scores higher … and it’s working,” she said. “The hardest piece of a routine to teach dancers is the fun adrenaline we want them to feel when performing to the best of your ability!”

Performing to a mix from the film “Pitch Perfect,” the varsity kick team finish fourth of nine teams. But Waconia’s crowd pleaser came in the third place jazz routine, a “clean, beautiful performance” to Jen Bostic’s “Jealous of the Angels.”

The junior varsity Lakettes also performed well at the invitational, with both the JVA Jazz and JV High Kick teams finishing third.

The competitive dance season is quickly drawing to a close as the Lakettes head to Orono this weekend for the Wright County Conference Championships. Next weekend, Waconia will be at Prior Lake in preparation for the Section 3AA competition on Feb. 2 at Mound-Westonka.

“Now to keep the routines right where they are and drill, drill, drill to perfect every performance,” Segner said.

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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