The 2013-14 Lakettes dance season may not have had the performance successes the team had hoped for, but there were plenty of new experiences and fun to be had along the way.
The team began the year on a high note, receiving a donation from the Waconia Lions to purchase new uniforms for the varsity jazz and high kick teams.
With new duds, the Lakettes premiered a theme dance to the finale from the film “Pitch Perfect” for their high kick routine and took a lyrical approach to Jenn Bostic’s “Jealous of the Angels” in jazz.
“By sections we had put together fun and exciting routines,” Lakettes’ head coach Amy Segner said. “The dancers really worked well together.”
Perhaps another high point was that the Lakettes escaped the season without major injuries to any athletes, different than in years passed.
“Typical sickness that comes with winter,” Segner said, “but nothing major happened this season.”
The Lakettes kicked off the season at Apple Valley, finishing sixth in jazz and 11th in high kick. At New London-Spicer on Dec. 12, the team was fifth, and went on to finish in a tie for second in jazz on Dec. 14 at Hutchinson, while also finishing third in kick.
Hosting their annual invitational Jan. 11, the Lakettes were third in jazz and fourth in high kick. They wrapped up the regular season with their best performances of the year at Prior Lake in late January, winning the jazz division and finishing as runners up in high kick.
At the Section 3AA meet in early February, the Lakettes finished just shy of a state entry, ending up in fourth by just one-half of a point. The high kick team was sixth.
“It was a great season that was improving with each competition,” Segner said. “Great group of dancers that worked very well together. Sportsmanship has been and will continue to be a strength along with their skills getting better and better.”
The Lakettes say good-bye to four seniors this season in Rachel Shirk, Anna Keidel, Rachel Stephan, and Mari Wiggert, who are leaving huge shoes to fill, according to Segner.
“These four seniors led this team with on drama or senioritis,” she said. “Each and every one of them took great care of their teammates on and off the competition floor. The coaches are very proud of these four seniors and will miss them greatly.”
In the departing seniors’ wake are seven upcoming seniors who are poised to take over the team. But perhaps even more exciting for Segner and the Lakettes are the 15 upcoming freshman who will be eligible to compete at the varsity level.
“We have been a young team and now these dancers are all growing up,” Segner said. “This summer we plan to push technical skills and work kicks to get us ready for the 2014-2015 season!”
All-Conference dancers this year included Anna Keidel, Kennedy Peitz, and Rachel Shirk. Team awards included Outstanding Rookie (Brooke Danielson), Most Improved Dancer (Jordanna Shea), Most Dedicated Dancer (Kennedy Peitz), Outstanding Dancer (Rachel Shirk), and Outstanding Dancer & Leader (Shirk).
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