The Troy Middle School dance team, shown in the photo with dance manager Olivia Thoele and coaches Trisha Koerner and Christine Thoele is headed to the IDTA, Illinois Drill Team Association,
Junior High Division State Competition after doing well in its regional qualifying round competition held Dec. 15 at Seneca High School.
The team needed to achieve a score of more than 70 to qualify, and they did so inevery category in which they entered. The team scored 75.7 in lyrical, 75.8 in jazz, and 76.9 in hip hop.
The team will also participate in a Jan. 5 competition at Maine East High School, but no matter the result, it has already qualified to compete in the IDTA Dance State Competition, Junior High Division, on Feb. 15, 2020 at the Bank of Springfield Center.
This is also the team’s first year with a boy member. Sean Thoele has been dancing since he was five years old and competed with the team in the hip hop category.