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Pre season review on the varsity dance team.

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The team warming up in hopes of a good season.

The team warming up in hopes of a good season.

Emma Louwagie

Emma Louwagie

The team warming up in hopes of a good season.

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Cannon Falls takes pride in their overachieving dance team. The hard-working girls endure three hour long practices every day after school. Junior, Brooke Beissel shares her enthusiasm on the season, “I’m looking forward to all the memories we are going to make this year in dance, so we can look back at them and just laugh and smile.” Winning their first competition of the season at Apple Valley was a thrilling way to start off the season. The girls are on track to hopefully earn their high-ranking place at state.

When Seniors Kayla Melhouse, Mia Holscher, and Grace Palmitessa were asked what the goal for this year was, they responded, “going to state.” Coach Jamie Swenning can enthusiastically agree with the girls. “Our goal for this year is to make it to state in both kick and jazz, which we haven’t made it to state in jazz in a couple of years now,” Although jazz did not make it to state, the girls have had a lot of success in kick. She continues by saying, “An ultimate goal this year is to hopefully metal, last year we finished fifth, the year before that we were fourth, so we’re hoping to get a medal at state in kick. Class A jazz has gotten more difficult, just to make it to state would be a step in the right direction.”

A big focus for the girls this year has been strength training. Coach Jamie hopes their strength can make it easier for them to dance, but injuries haven’t stopped the girls from working hard. Another focus is technique, Coach Jamie goes on to say, “the girls really love the kick dance, it makes it much easier to do the dance, it makes it more fun to get into the dance, when they really like it.” Senior, Mia Holscher, adds that they’re going to come together as a team, and with the help of their two new coaches, many ideas will be incorporated to make an unforgettable performance for the Bomber dance team.

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