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2012-13 Winter Preview: East Ridge dance team stepping out into competition this season

Under third-year head coach Jenn Reillo, the East Ridge dance team will field a competition squad this season.

A school can have both performance and competition squads. Performance squads practice during the week and show off their skills at other varsity sporting events like basketball games. Competition squads bring things to another level, competing in conference and additional invitational meets.

"We are excited to be a MSHSL competitive team this year," Reillo said. "This is a new experience for all athletes on the team and we are all looking forward to the exciting firsts this season holds. The 2012-13 team is full of energy and determined to better themselves as a team."

The Raptors will compete in the Suburban East Conference against Park, Stillwater, Mounds View, Forest Lake, Cretin-Derham Hall and Roseville and will be in Section 3AAA.

At the competitions, the dancers hard work in practice all boils down to the teams' three minute performances. At the meets, dance teams compete in two categories -- high kick and jazz/funk. Teams are scored on 10, 10-point categories ranging from difficulty of skills and choreography to execution and technique. Each score sheet is comprised of 84 elements the dancers are judged on.

East Ridge will be led by senior captains Meghan Hickey and Kathryn Wamstad and junior captains Alyssa Hugdahl and Abbie Oxley.

The season gets started with a conference meet on Monday, Dec. 3, at Park High School. The conference championship will be Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Cretin-Derham Hall, with the section meet on Feb. 9 at Bloomington Kennedy.