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Dance Team: Warriors miss out on trip to finals

MINNEAPOLIS — Following an eighth-place finish in Class 3A jazz qualifying competition Friday afternoon, the Brainerd Warriors failed to advance to the finals in the state tournament at the Target Center.

The top six teams advanced to Friday night’s jazz finals.

Warriors coach Cindy Clough said Brainerd turned in a “great final jazz performance but it was a disappointing finish.” Clough said the team danced third and had one of its best performances of the season.

“We were so proud of our kids,” she said. “It was a strong performance and we are pleased with that.

“The first four places were pretty clear. I knew who they would be. The last two final spots, we felt, were between four teams. We were hoping to squeak in, but it did not go our way.

“We will just hit kick harder (Saturday).”

Wayzata, Maple Grove, Eastview, Hopkins, Blaine and Spring Lake Park made the finals.

“Our total points showed that we were close to finals,” Clough said. “We even had more total points than some who made finals.”

Class 3A

Total points listed first

Rank points listed second

Top 6 teams advance to finals

1-Wayzata 738-7

2-Maple Grove 736-9

3-Eastview 733-11

4-Hopkins 677-20

5-Blaine 653/fall deduction 645-30

6-Spring Lake Park 631-32

7-Eagan 633-34

8-Brainerd 634-34

9-Tech 608-43

10-Burnsville 610-45

11-Prior Lake 591-54.5

12-Forest Lake 589-55.5

Class 1A

The defending champion Aitkin All-Starz finished second Friday night in jazz.

Aitkin’s Madison Johnson and Kennedy Swanson made the 1A all-tournament team.

The Crosby-Ironton Rangerettes, who qualified for state in 1A jazz, did not reach the finals.


Judges observe routines and award points on a 100-point scale. Judging criteria are subdivided into five categories: 1) Jazz skills; 2) Execution; 3) Choreography; 4) Difficulty; and 5) Routine effectiveness.

Unique to the jazz division, the skills category requires judges to look for technique of turns, leaps and jumps, and the difficulty of those skills.

Class 1A

Final Standings

1-Yellow Medicine East, Granite Falls



4-Duluth Marshall


6-Renville County West

Class 1A jazz

All-tournament team

Aitkin: Madison Johnson, Kennedy Swanson

Frazee: Cheyanne Hurt, Tiffany Huwe

Duluth Marshall: Lea Christensen, Morgan Erickson

Renville County West: Alyssa Bruns, Lexis Samuelson

Yellow Medicine East: Chelsi Torke, Mariah Werner

Zumbrota-Mazeppa: Brenna Hoven, Annika Sand

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