Dance team: Rogers, Zimmerman 1-2 again in Miss. 8
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Rogers Dance Team reigns again as champion of the Mississippi 8 Conference, and once again Zimmerman is the runner-up.
The RDT captured its fourth straight overall crown by winning both high-kick and jazz at the conference finale on their home court Saturday. Prior to that, the RDT had won conference jazz and kick meets.
“We have talented dancers and we push them to do their best every year,” said coach Megan David. “We don’t settle for less.”
Zimmerman was second in each event Saturday and finished second for the season, also for the fourth straight year.
Monticello placed third, Big Lake fourth and Becker fifth. Only five of the conference’s nine schools have dance teams.
Rogers captains are Natalie Gannon and Laura Donley. The team dances to “Any Way (You Want It)” for kick and “Don’t Stop Believing” for jazz.
Gannon, who’s been a varsity dancer through the four-year dynasty, said her team never assumes they’ll win the conference.
“Oh, no, are you kidding? Definitely not. Zimmerman’s right on our butt, and they get better every year,” said Gannon. “It shows in the scores.”
Rogers has also done well in invitationals this year, winning their division at Apple Valley and Maple Grove.
“It’s not the winning, it’s doing our best that’s important,” said Gannon. “Our scores have been going up, up, up.”
It’s also gratifying that the school appreciates their efforts.
“The school likes when we dance at pep fests, the energy we bring,” she said.
Assessing the team performance at the conference final, David said: “Our jazz was definitely our best of the year. Our kick was good. I don’t know if it was our best, but it was good.”