Dreams really do come true, as the Holy Family Fire jazz dance team discovered last weekend, qualifying for their second consecutive state tournament.
After a thrilling second place finish at the Section 3AA meet last weekend at Mound-Westonka, the Fire clinched their jazz tournament berth. Mound-Westonka finished first, while the Fire beat out Orono for second place. The section included most of the Wright County Conference teams, along with tough competitors like Belle Plaine, Jordan, Marshall, New Ulm, and Willmar.
The Holy Family high kick team finished seventh of 13 teams at the meet.
The Fire found much success this season, winning a conference jazz meet and an invitational, among other top finishes.
At the Wright County Conference Jazz Meet on Jan. 9, hosted by Holy Family, the Fire claimed first place in both the varsity and junior varsity jazz competitions, defeating other WCC teams Waconia, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Orono, New London-Spicer, Mound-Westonka and Delano in the varsity competition. The JV team finished ahead of Hutchinson, Orono, and Mound-Westonka.
The varsity jazz team won the Waconia Invitational on Jan. 11, while the JV jazz team was second. The varsity high kick team finished third.
Holy Family head coach Kristin Macklin-Kutz said what has set the Fire apart from other teams this season is the senior leadership.
“We have seven seniors on our team this year that are extremely motivated and dedicated to getting to state with both routines, which would be a huge accomplishment for us,” she said.
The Fire jazz team qualified for state in 2013. This year’s high kick team is dancing to “Follow Me,” while the jazz team has chosen “Steal My Soul” as it’s music selection.
The state tournament is Feb. 14-15 at the Target Center, in Minneapolis. Class AA preliminary jazz competition begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, with the top six teams competing in the finals at 7:15 p.m.
Along with Holy Family, Mound-Westonka and Orono will represent the WCC and Section 3AA at the jazz competion.
Section 3AA qualifiers in the high kick include Mound-Westonka, Marshall, and Belle Plaine. The high kick competition is Saturday, Feb. 15.
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