By Ryan Schleicher – Sun FOCUS Newspapers
What do you get when you mix several hundred girls, music, spectators, and the Target Center together? Some might say a Justin Bieber concert (which is probably pretty close to the same description), but not this time around.
Last weekend the Target Center was crammed with dancers as it hosted the 2013 State Dance Meet.
Teams from all across the state came to compete in two separate divisions, High Kick and Jazz. Judges award points based on a 100-point maximum in which teams are analyzed and judged by five subdivisions; four of which each division utilizes for scoring which are execution, choreography, difficulty, and routine effectiveness.
Divisions also have one unique difference between them that qualifies as the fifth subdivision and final characteristic judges are looking for. Particular to the High Kick division, the final element to be judged is the Kicks category, awarded points on technique, height and difficulty. Unique to the Jazz division, is the Skills category, a category in which judges look for the technique of leaps, jumps, turns, and the difficulty of those skills.
Totino-Grace from Fridley represented Section 2 in Class AA at the state tournament in both divisions.
In the High Kick division, Chaska claimed top honors propelling them to win back-to-back titles for the first time in school history. St. Cloud Cathedral placed second in front of hometown favorite Totino-Grace, who placed third.
In the Jazz division, Totino-Grace brought home another third place finish trailing behind Benilde-St. Margaret’s who took second, and Chaska who finished first. Each school that placed in the top six sent two dancers to the All- Tournament Team.
Being awarded from Totino-Grace were Greta Hanson and Mollie McHugh for Jazz; Abby Groves and Lauren Hartmann were honored for High Kick.