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Dance Team: Cannon Falls fifth in 1A High Kick

Jada Krinke and the Cannon Falls dance team performs its "Space Odyssey" routine during Class 1A High Kick prelims during Saturday's state dance team championship meet at Target Center. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)1 / 4
Lake City's Morgan Schreck and the Tigers' dance team performs to "The Wizard of Oz" during the Class 1A High Kick prelims at the state dance team championship meet at Target Center. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)2 / 4
Tiffany Ringeisen and the Randolph Rockettes perform "Fame" during the Class 1A High Kick prelims during the state dance team championship meet Saturday at Target Center. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)3 / 4
The Zumbrota-Mazeppa dance team performs "A Night At the Movies" during its Class 1A High Kick performance during Saturday's state dance team championship meet at Target Center. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)4 / 4

MINNEAPOLIS – When Cannon Falls needed to make changes to its High Kick routine, the member of the Bomber Dance Team were going to find a time to work out the kinks before the next competition.

“We would spend time in study hall working on our routines and it was worth it in the end,” said Cannon Falls junior Brooke Kimmes. “On our team, if we're not getting something in practice, we'll go home and work on it until we get it.”

That mindset is what has made Cannon Falls mainstays in the state dance team championships. And it's the mindset that got the BDT to fifth place at Saturday's High Kick finals at the Target Center.

“Midway through the season, we made changes to our routine to add more transitions and make our changes more visually effective. Our routine was fun to do,” said junior Grace Hall who, along with Kimmes, was named to the Class 1A All-Tournament team. “I'm extremely proud. We left it all on the floor. I couldn't ask for anything more.”

It was a nail-biter for the BDT while finalists were called after prelims. Cannon Falls had five teams announced for the finals before the team was announced as the last finalist. After prelims, Cannon Falls was sitting in third place.

“As nerve-wracking as it is waiting for our name to be called for finals... it was a lot of anxiety there, but (last) is a good place to be,” said BDT head coach Jamie Swenning. “The girls were excited to dance last.”

Kimmes added, “A lot of us didn't think we'd make it. We never have been more surprised. It was mind-boggling.”

While five other teams hit the court, Cannon Falls bided its time and mentally prepared to perform its “Space Odyssey” routine, complete with astro face paint and musical clips from “Star Wars” and “The Jetsons.”

“We really had to concentrate on our mission,” Kimmes said. “If you want it bad enough, you'll get it done.”

Aitkin went on to win its fourth straight 1A High Kick title with a team score of 5. BOLD (13.5), Yellow Medicine East (16), Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd (17), Cannon Falls (22) and Frazee (24) made up the rest of the top six.

“Making it to state is a goal of every dance team. That was our goal, to make it to state and make it to finals, and we accomplished that,” Swenning said. “Prelims, we had a great run. Finals, you hope to come out and one-up your prelim performance but unfortunately we had some errors and I think that hit us in dropping a couple spots. Things happen. That's the nature of dance team. We go back and we start fresh next season with new ideas and hope to come back again.”

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Lake City, Randolph and Zumbrota-Mazeppa also tried their hand at making the Class 1A High Kick finals before having to bow out in the prelims.

Lake City, performing a routine that paid homage to “The Wizard of Oz” finished in ninth place with a score of 37.5, which was bested by Crosby-Ironton (32.5) and Montevideo (33).

It was a step up for the Tigers, who finished 10th in High Kick last year.

“They just had so much energy today and pushed themselves to their limit today,” said Lake City head coach Ashley Otterson. “They did the best they could and it was an amazing performance.”

Right behind the Tigers was Randolph, which finished 10th. Performing under a medley of Lady Gaga songs, the Rockettes came up with a total of 44 points.

“I thought it was our best performance of the season,” said Randolph head coach Melissa Augustine. “The girls all came off the floor super proud of themselves. … When they got off the floor, it was tears for everyone. They were just happy and excited. We'll take the good scores and knowing we had a clean performance. I think they gave it their all.”

St. Charles and Z-M made up the final two spots, with the Z-M Dance Team scoring 50 points with its “A Night At the Movies” performance.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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