Kamiak dance team eyes another state run

By Nicholas Johnson | Jan 25, 2017
Courtesy of: Kathryn Noonan Captain Emily Olason, in the center, performs a dance routine with fellow Kamiak dancers Jan. 14 at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Olason is a 4th-year member of the team, which has qualified for district competition.

Having qualified for district-level competition Jan. 14 at Edmonds-Woodway High School, coach Kathryn Noonan says Kamiak High School’s dance team is well on its way to state again this year.

“While we have pretty consistently performed well – we qualify for the State Championships every year – I see upward movement annually,” said Noonan, who has coached the team for the past 24 years. “The competitions become more rigorous and demanding and we must meet that challenge.”

The 31-member is competing with routines in pom, kick and dance. On Jan 14, the team qualified for district competition – to be held March 11 at Kamiak High School – in kick and dance.

“The dance routine is quite demanding, requiring expert skills from the dancers,” said Noonan, noting 11 dancers do that routine. “They work hard to achieve success.”

Prior to district competition, the team competes Feb. 4 at Eastlake High School in Redmond and Feb. 11 at Tahoma High School in Covington.

The team regularly places first in district competition. Last year, it won 4th place in dance at state and got to perform at a Seahawks game.

“We hope to increase our scores each time we compete,” Noonan said. “We evaluate the judges’ feedback and alter routines accordingly. We hope to place 1st in all categories at districts and then go on to win some trophies at state.”

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