The Troy Dance Team, of Troy Community School District 30-C, finished in first place in the Illinois Drill Team Association State Competition in the pom category and third place in the pom/dance category, Junior High Division, on Feb. 11 in Springfield.
The team advanced to the IDTA State Competition after earning a qualifying score and placing first in both categories at two important competitions – the December regional competition held at Gardner/South Wilmington High School and the January regional competition held at Charleston High School.
“I could not be more proud of this team,” coach Jennifer Cryder said in a news release. “For the hours they put in and for the dedication they have to each other and their art. I have been a dance instructor and coach for 12 years, and I can easily say I have never had a group who worked so hard for each other. This group was the definition of a team. These young ladies love to work and improve, and are proud to represent our school.”
Three of the team’s members, Gabriella Manriquez, Karsyn Williams and Karli O’Connell, were chosen as “Rising Stars” at the regional competitions, which are awards based on technique and performance ability.
“The Troy Dance Team was extremely hardworking this year,” Meagan DeGroot, Troy’s director of athletics and activities, said in a news release. “They received countless awards for their performance and were continually congratulated for their sportsmanship towards other teams. A big thanks to coach Jennifer Cryder for the countless number of hours she spent choreographing dances and helping to shape these girls into great athletes throughout the year.”
Members of the Troy Dance Team are students Emily Pantoja, Brianna Hoffman, Joie Egizio, Zoe McCollum, Karsyn Williams, Hannah Cemeno, Karli O’Connell, Gabriella Manriquez, Stephanie Peart, Paige Albert, Annabel Bernicky, Samantha Biancorosso, Madeline Young, volunteer Alyse Plattos and coach Jennifer Cryder.