Laker Dance Team gearing up for sections
The Detroit Lakes Dance Team will be gearing up for the Section meet Saturday after finishing fourth overall in its conference competition last weekend.
The highly-talented competition the Lakers saw in their conference meet was a good gearing up for the sections, said DL head Dance Team coach Britton Ramsey.
“I was very pleased with where we ended up in our conference,” Ramsey said. “We see some of the best in the state at conference, so it’s a good chance to see how our scores compare.
“I was proud of our kids this season and how well they held up under pressure.”
The Lakers have seen steady improvement from their first meet through to the conference competition.
A string of injuries derailed the teams a bit, but the ability to adapt to changes has been a strength.
“The girls have been adapting very well to the many changes that we’ve encountered this season,” Ramsey said. “We’ve had a rash of injuries so it means last minute changes for everyone and they’ve been amazing about that.
“We even had a Junior Varsity seventh grader (Mirella Grimm) who learned the varsity dance in two weeks and filled in a spot to compete. Because of the constant changes it has been hard to get really comfortable with their choreography, so we just need to drill this week so it becomes second nature.”
The elder dancers have done a good job of leading the Lakers through the winter season, even though several of them missed some time due to injuries.
“We will really miss our senior, Karissa Berg who has provided excellent leadership for the last few years,” Ramsey said.
The Lakers will have their sights set on the upper half of the section Saturday.
It will be a good stepping stone for the younger dancers, who outnumber DL’s veterans by a ratio of 2:1.
“We can’t afford to make any mistakes and we need to work on fine tuning our timing and drilling the routine so the girls are comfortable enough with it that when the nerves and adrenalin kick in it won’t affect their performance,” Ramsey included.
The conference meet was also a chance for all the teams to show their generosity.
There was a friendly food drive competition, with the Lakers finishing second overall.
The food drive benefits the host team’s community, and the site of the meet will be on a rotational cycle.
The Laker varsity team also puts on a fundraiser by inviting all area dancers to perform at the Laker Dance Show.
This year’s show will be Saturday, Feb. 8, in the high school gym beginning at 7 p.m.
In coordination with the show, the varsity members will be hosting a youth clinic that day from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Rossman gym (preregistration is required).
The dancers in grades K-5 will learn skills and a short routine that they will perform that evening at the show.
“It’s a really great night to celebrate dance across our community, and we are hoping for a large attendance,” Ramsey said.
In addition to the Laker Dance Team, the youth clinic dancers will also be coming from Center Stage Dance Academy and Just For Kix.
If there are elementary students still interested in signing up they can register with the team’s website, www.lakerdanceteam.weebly.com.
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