Following is a preview of the Elk River Dance Team, which opens Friday, Nov. 22, with a conference meet at Coon Rapids, 7 p.m.
Elk River Dance Team
Coaches — Melissa Bast (head, 1st year), Megan Furlong and Alli Bienek (assistants), Ashley Hermann (JV), Meghan Reistad (JV assistant)
Last year — 6th in conference, 8th in section
Turnout — 31 dancers
Captains — Kelsie Baker (sr), Morgan Mogler (sr), Angie Paulson (sr)
Returning starters — Baker, Mogler, Paulson, Jadie Jopp (sr), Natalie Strack (jr), Callie Larson (so), Brianna Anderson (so), Jadyn Anderson (so), Tyra Jenni (fr)
Other dancers — Abby Eilertson (sr), Devlin Weist (sr), Elisa Goodsell (sr), Courtney Jensen (sr), Paige Mathewson (jr), Erin Klang (so), Bailey Lutter (so), Kylie Reimann (so), Madison Baker (fr), Megan Buhl (fr), Hadley Jordan (fr), Emily Kiemele (fr), Jordan Wallace (fr), Heather Anderson (8th), Mandy Patterson (8th),
New coach — Bast, an assistant last year, succeeds Alyssa Sha, who resigned. She danced for Montevideo High School and trained 13 years in studios. An English teacher at Rogers, she has also served as an MSHSL judge.
Coach says — “We are thrilled to have new talent on the team, as well as veteran dancers. Our choreographers worked hard to create challenging dances that we are excited to showcase this season.”