Dance Team Wins Third in NSC Conference

Jasmine McFarlene

The Knightettes Dance Team competed in the North Suburban Conference Champions at Fridley High School on Saturday, January 10. The team, led by captains Krista Lindseth and Annemarie Hittler, ended up taking third place in both high-kick and jazz, Spring Lake Park took second place in both dance styles, and Totino-Grace won first in both, which ultimately gave them the conference champs title. 

Each year the Knightettes take time over Christmas Break to adjust their choreography, making it more difficult, visual, and creative. This past break, however, the Knightettes’ coaches, Marie Becker and Sadie Oraskovich, almost completely started from scratch, choreographing two completely new dances for the team. “For our first time competing with our new dances we did really well but, there is still a lot of work to be done,” said junior Brett Threlkeld, “it is a good starting point.” 

Although the Knightettes feel that the new dances are going to be a great improvement for the team overall, they think it was a challenge for the team to master the new choreography and placement perfectly in a week and a half for their conference competition. “We see a lot of improvements in the future and hope to place higher than third, which is what we’ve been getting all season,” said Krista Lindseth.

Even though the BSM dance team didn’t take first, they did not go home empty-handed. They received the All-Conference Academic award, which was awarded to the team that had the highest grade point average in the NSC. 

Along with the All-Conference Academic award, four dancers from BSM were named part of the All-Conference dance team: seniors Krista Lindseth, Natalie Guggenberger, Annemarie Hittler, and junior Brett Threlkeld. All-Conference honorable mention went to seniors Elle Mohs, Nicole Kivo, junior Natalie Dorsey, and sophomore Maddy Moore.

The Knightettes have been preparing in practice for success throughout the final month of their season. “We have competitions every weekend from now on till the state tournament, so we aren’t wasting anymore time,” said Guggenberger, “every minute of practice counts.”