Pirouettes take third at GFW Invitational

This article submitted by Erin Aagesen on 12/15/99.

Danceline The Paynesville Pirouettes dance team competed at an invitational hosted by Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop schools on Saturday and took home a third place trophy. The girls competed against other Class A schools in the precision/high kick category.

Pictured here is Mesa Frenchick (back) and Kerry Strand (front) performing at a home basketball game last week.

The girls' four minute dance was to the song "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Seven judges awarded points to teams in five categories worth 20 points each: kick technique, presentation, execution, choreography, and difficulty. The results from each judge are then added together to form a total score. The Pirouettes' average score from each judge was 68, which gave them a final score of 476.

New Ulm Cathedral took first in the Pirouettes' division with 566, and GFW was second with 525. Minneota was fourth with 352.

"The girls did an excellent job," said Nicole Broman, the Pirouettes' coach. "They really executed the dance well."

"We had good competition," said team captain Mandi McCool. "New Ulm Cathedral and GFW both made it to finals at state last year."

A total of 13 schools competed in the GFW Invitational. In addition to the precision/high kick division, teams also competed in the jazz funk category.

The Pirouettes will perform this week at home basketball games both on Tuesday and Thursday. On Saturday they will travel to Lakeville to compete in another invitational with the same dance.

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