December 19, 2003 at 11:24 a.m.

Experience breeds success

Experience breeds success
Experience breeds success

If you think for one moment that Dance Line fever hasn’t caught on at Chisago Lakes, consider this; in just their second year of existence, 70 girls (14 on varsity) went out for this year’s team. That’s 7-0, as in the size of a Division One college football team.

It that wasn’t impressive enough, of those 70 girls (grades 7-12), the ‘Cats have one senior meaning the future of the program is just as bright as their performance apparel.

Experience will help the growth process as well. This season, the Wildcats have that. Last year, their first, Chisago Lakes danced their way through the season, making one adjustment after another. The process was a learning experience.

“Being our first year, we were trying to keep our heads above water,” said Angie Bennett, Chisago Lakes Dance Team head coach. “We were learning the scoring system, everything was brand new. I thought just to be able to get through every meet was really a tremendous success. This year, we have more of an idea what to expect.”

That’s a scary thought considering the Wildcats finished fifth at sections last year, one place away from state. Just imagine the difference a year of competition is going to make.

“The scoring system is so subjective, the girls get judged on everything from body placement to foot placement, to body tone. It’s really difficult but learning what the judges look for comes with experience,” remarked Bennett. “I’ve been in dance since I was three years old. At our first meet, we had no idea, now we know what to expect. I know what I’m looking for and so do the girls and it’s a lot smoother. This is going to be a breakout year, I can feel it.”

Don’t bet against them. Since the season has started, the ‘Cats have consistently put in 20-25 hours a week, training for the upcoming season which started last Saturday.

“I think the girls are going to be awesome, it’s really coming together nicely,” stated Bennett. “Everybody is working really hard. Their pieces are so much harder than last year because I know what they can do. Once it’s perfected, it’s going to be awesome. I just can’t wait to see it.”

Neither can we.

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