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PUBLISHED: 1:58 PM on Wednesday, March 29, 2006
High school dancers tagged superior

Photo by Amanda Gragert
  Members of the Juneau Douglas High School dance team work on a routine during an evening practice. The team will hold its final show of the season at 7 p.m. April 13-14 at Juneau Douglas High School.
Dancing to the beat of hard work and dedication is what the more than 20 girls of the Juneau Douglas High School dance team have achieved.

The team was given a superior rating at competition at the Region 5 Basketball Tournament in Ketchikan on March 11.

Coach Krista Baxter said that the team does not compete against other teams, but judges rate each team based on performance and style. She said the team was given a lower rating last year.

"It was very exciting and rewarding," Baxter said.

"It was nice to get back on top and to get the judges' approval on what we did."

Team officer and sophomore Amanda Endicott said the work team members put in throughout the season led to their high rating.

"Before we were judged, a bunch of the girls said they would cry if we didn't get superior, but after it was announced we got superior we all cried anyway," Endicott said.

"It was amazing and such a big rush. This year was amazing and all the girls worked hard to be superior."

Baxter said tryouts are held in October. The team performs throughout the season during halftime at basketball games. The girls also hold dance clinics.

Captain and junior Kaitlin Niewoehner said she has learned leadership skills and time management by being on the team since she was a freshman.

"It's more than just dancing. There's more expected out of us in dancing than in school. We may not be writing papers, but we have to do our stuff and really learn time management," Niewoehner said.

"It's a lot of work and really stressful, but the girls are really fun and performing is the most fun thing you can do."

Officer and junior Katilyn Fosket said she wanted to be on the team since she was a child and performing is her favorite activity.

"It takes a lot of dedication, perseverance and memory skills and also being on time and being a team player," Fosket said.

"You definitely get a rush performing and also just being part of something so great."

The team will hold its final performance of the season at 7 p.m. April 13-14 at Juneau Douglas High School.


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