The Troy Middle School dance team will advance to the Illinois Drill Team Association state competition Feb. 10 in Springfield, after earning the spot at the Maine East Dance Mania Regional competition in January.
The team qualified in three categories, which were pom, pom-dance and lyrical/contemporary, coach Jennifer Cryder said.
At the regional competition, team member Samantha Biancorosso also was awarded the Rising Star Award, which is based on technique and performance ability.
The Troy dance team won first place in the pom category at the state competition last year and third place in the pom-dance category. Cryder said this season will be different, as it’s the first time the team also is competing in the lyrical/contemporary category.
The team’s assistant coach is Alyse Plattos.