Dance teams compete at state meet

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All three area high school dance teams performed some of their best routines of the year on Saturday, Feb. 3 when they competed at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches varsity dance state championships in La Crosse.

The New Richmond and Somerset dance teams both competed in two events at this year's state meet and the St. Croix Central team competed in one event at state.

The New Richmond dance team had another stellar showing in the event that has been the staple of the team's success for many years. The Tigers were the seventh place finisher in the Division 1 kick competition.

The Tigers had extra reason to be excited. Their two girls who competed as individuals, Kiaya Fox and Maddie Kraft, both earned WACPC All-State honors. They rose to the top through two rounds of auditions.

New Richmond coach Ali Sirek said the team was at its best on Saturday.

"It was their season peak so they were very proud and content with their performance," Sirek said.

The Somerset dance team had reason to be pleased. The Spartans placed seventh in the hip hop division and eighth in the kick division. The seventh place finish is the highest finish ever for a Somerset team at the state dance competition.

Somerset coach Kacie Larkowski said the team concentrated on giving its absolute best effort in each performance at state.

"We really focused on learning to dance as one unit and how to rely on each other as a team," Larkowski said.

The St. Croix Central dance team placed ninth in the Division 4 pom competition. The Panthers finished ahead of teams that had beaten them at the regional competition the prior Saturday.

"They have practiced for five months with high levels of dedication to the sport and to their teammates. On Saturday, they danced with immense heart, capturing the attention of all who watched," said Central coach Amanda Langman.