NP dance team saved its best for section meet

New Prague High School’s kick team offered its best performance of the season in the biggest moment at Saturday’s section meet at Shakopee, said coach Tiffany Sandhurst. Dancers (above) Lauren Spiess, Abby Hankinson, Katie Kotek, Alivia Swanke and (second row) Carly Wiener, Charlotte Thompson and the Trojans finished eighth in the kick competition. (John Mueller photo)

Heading into the section dance competition, New Prague High School’s dance team members knew everything had to fall just right for them to have an outside chance at making the state meet.

While the Trojans didn’t make the state field, they left the floor at Shakopee High School emotionally and physically exhausted knowing they offered their best. In a 12-team field, New Prague finished seventh in jazz and eighth in kick.

“They really gave it absolutely everything they had,” said NP coach Tiffany Sandhurst. Before the performances, she told her team’s dancers they needed to give their routines everything they had and that they were loved. “They danced their absolute best. Some of them left in tears knowing this was the last time they’d ever be together as a team. This is a really close group.”

Wayzata, Edina and Hopkins qualified for the state meet, finishing first through third in both the kick and jazz events.

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