The Cathedral Crusaderette Dance Team has once again kicked its way into state competition Feb. 13-14 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
At Sauk Rapids-Rice High School on Jan. 31, the Crusaderettes took first in the jazz competition for section 4AA, leaving Sartell-St. Stephen in second and ROCORI in third. Meanwhile, Sartell-St. Stephen took first in the high-kick competition, and the Crusaderettes came in second while Sauk Rapids-Rice came in third.
At Sauk Rapids regional competition, 10 teams competed in the jazz category, and 12 competed in the high-kick contest.
“The 4AA section has incredible talent this season; it’s an amazing accomplishment for the St. Cloud area to have four teams participating in the tournament,” said Molly Kensy, head coach of the Crusaderettes.
At the state level, the Crusaderettes took fifth in high-kick and ninth in jazz last year at the Target Center. In the 2012-13 season, they took sixth in both high-kick and jazz at state.
The Crusaderettes, in the class AA category, will compete for jazz honors Friday afternoon in Minneapolis and for high kick Saturday afternoon. Both dance contests are expected to start at about 2 p.m. on both days.
While Kensy is the head coach, Gabi Hennen, Katie Sauer and Alyson Pulvermacher are her assistant coaches. Captains are Maddie Schnetter, Morgan Peterson, Ann Berdan and Taylor Hughs.
Crusaderettes from St. Joseph who competed are Paige Wensmann, Lexi Weisser, Allie SiaSu, Taylor Notsch and Amanda Ophoven.