Western Dubuque’s 2021-22 dance team: from left, Alexis Gaspie, Jessica Smock, Abbey Kramer, Addie Feldmann, Sydnie Offermann, Ella Fangmann, Sammie Recker, Hailey Gotto, Madison Johnson and Bree Erion.

Western Dubuque’s Bobcat dance team will compete in the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s High School Solo and Team Competition, in Des Moines, Dec. 3.

The Bobcats look to match last year’s success at the state competition after winning the Class VII Hip Hop category and finishing second in the Class XII Pom and Class III Lyrical divisions.

This year’s squad will compete in two categories — Class XI Pom and Class XII Hip Hop.

The pom routine will perform a Queen mix choreographed by coach Melissa Ehrisman at 1:25 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. They will compete against Mason City, Fort Dodge, Indianola, Urbandale, Lewis Central, Iowa City Liberty, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Washington, Norwalk, Waterloo East and North Scott.

The Bobcats will defend their hip hop crown at 7:32 p.m at Wells Fargo, performing “If I Were a Boy,” a contemporary routine also choreographed by Ehrisman. WD will compete against Waterloo East, Urbandale, Dallas Center-Grimes, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Norwalk, Denison-Schleswig, Fort Dodge, Waverly-Shell Rock, Sioux City West and Mason City.

“This team has been working hard since June perfecting their routines for the state competition,” Ehrisman said. “I am most proud of their growth this year and the respectful and positive leadership shown by our seniors.”

Six Western Dubuque dancers will perform solo routines.

Sydnie Offerman — last year’s Class VII champion — will lead the way at 9:43 a.m, followed by last year’s sixth-place finisher, Jessica Smock, at 9:47. Sammy Recker, Addie Feldmann, Bree Erion and Alexis Gaspie will follow.

“To me, it is never about the talent in which we start our season, but always about the work ethic and the ‘want’ shown in every practice,” Ehrisman said. “They have learned so much about being a teammate this year and working together to achieve goals. We continue to thank our parents and administrators at Western Dubuque for their support. Go Bobcats.”