WD dance

Western Dubuque’s dance team: front from left, Emily Bonert and Megan Smith; second row, Lorraine Billmeyer, Peyton Bennett, Carley Steffen, Amanda Dougherty and Carley Kluesner; third row, Macy Helle, Amanda Coleman, Lauren Cordes, Madison Decker and Mackenzie Helle; fourth row, Emma Hoefer, Taylor Fishnick and Kaylee Hogan.

With competitions in three different categories the Western Dubuque dance team will be busy at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s State Championships, on Friday, Dec. 2 in Des Moines.

The Bobcats will compete three times on Friday. Class XII Pom is slated for 10:39 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. In a tight turn around, they perform Class III Lyrical a little over an hour later, at 11:54 a.m. Their final performance is that night, at 7:24 p.m. in Class V Jazz.

According to coach Melissa Ehrisman, “That is going to be a tough schedule for us. The two in the morning are so close together, and then the big break between is another challenge. Hopefully, the two close ones will keep the girls’ minds in their game better. But maybe with the long break between the second and third, they will be able to relax and wind down enough to come back even stronger when it is time to compete. I’m not sure how it will go. We will go there hoping to place (top five) in all three categories.”

There will be 12 dancers in both their Pom and Jazz routines, and 15 in the Lyrical. “We decided to include Lyrical this year as a dedication to one (Emma Hoefer) of our dancer’s mothers who died in the past year,” said Ehrisman.” Lyrical is a bit slower, there is more resistance in the moves. The piece will be performed to an instrumental version of 100 Years.

“In the Pom routine, we will use a mix of several up beat modern songs. The Jazz will be performed to John Lennon’s Imagine.

“The competition this year is extremely tough, according to what we have seen in some of our other contests. We’ll go up against North Scott, Oskaloosa, Norwalk, Xavier and Newton, among others, and will have to give it our best.”

Ehrisman choreographed the Jazz routine and she teamed up with Amanda Hackney to put together the Pom routine. Hackney choreographed this year’s Lyrical routine.

The schools slated to compete in the Jazz portion against the Bobcats are Clear Creek-Amana, Marion, North Scott, Xavier, Lewis Central, LeMars, Oskaloosa, Newton and Norwalk. In their Pom group, it will be Oskaloosa, Indianola, Davenport North, North Scott, Newton, Norwalk, Boone, Waverly-Shell Rock, Sioux City West, Fort Dodge and Lewis Central. Lyrical opponents include LeMars, Carlisle, Indianola, Burlington, Davenport North, North Scott and Oskaloosa.

Instead of a state send off performance, the Bobcats competed at the Monticello Fall Classic Nov. 27 and won first place in all three events. WD also placed third in Jazz at the Stack the Stands competition.