The Will Rogers Junior High Dance Team came home with a first-place trophy following its regional competition in Tulsa last weekend.
The team won in the seventh-grade kick division, which includes any dance routine where 80 percent of the routine is high kicks.
Part-time coach Courtney Blevins oversees both the junior high and high school dance teams and is eager to watch both teams defend their titles at state this year.
However, Blevins said she was most excited to see the rapid and continuous improvement of her junior high team.
“The majority of the team has never danced before, so it was a really big accomplishment,” Blevins said.
The accomplishment is even more profound given that the girls practice together only two hours a week and have only been a fully formed team since September.
“They’ve worked really, really hard,” Blevins said. “To come out and compete against girls who have been dancing since they were three, to put together a routine that looked really, really good and had the correct technique, they’ve been busting their butts for me. Kudos to them.
“I can give all the tools all day long, but you have to have a team that is really going to dedicate themselves individually and as a team to push to the next level, and that’s exactly what they are doing.”
The state competition will be held in Tulsa at the Cox Convention Center, Dec. 14.
The Will Rogers Junior High will compete in the 7th Grade division for kick and mix routine dances.
Mix is a combination of kick, pom, jazz and hip-hop.
The Will Rogers Junior High Team will have to defend a legacy left by girls who have moved on to high school.
But Blevins is confident in these girls and shared an optimistic prophecy:
“There is a bright future for Claremore dance.”