Park dance team: Wolfpack opens conference competition with strong showingPark finished in fifth place in the High Kick dance contest and in sixth place in the Jazz/Funk competition in its first SEC meet, held last week at Park High School.
By: Patrick Johnson, sports editor, South Washington County Bulletin
The Park dance team kicked off Suburban East Conference competition with a strong showing.
Park finished in fifth place in the High Kick dance contest and in sixth place in the Jazz/Funk competition in its first SEC meet, held last week at Park High School.
Park finished with 16.5 points and in sixth place overall.
“The team scored tremendously higher than we did at the Chaska competition (two weeks ago),” Park head coach Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger said. “They brought their ‘A’ game at our home competition.”
The Wolfpack compete in the SEC against East Ridge, Stillwater, Mounds View, Forest Lake, Cretin-Derham Hall and Roseville and are 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.
“It being their second competition they were ready to bring it and the fans brought that on,” Hemmingson-Jaeger said. “If the girls work even harder they can beat out the competition that they have in front of them. They are planning on nailing the routine in the next competition.”
Park was at Woodbury High School for another SEC competition on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. Park’s next meet will be Jan. 5 at Henry Sibley High School.