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— It’s something new to Moffat County High School dance team coach Anngie Jenkins.

It’s the smallest team she’s ever had at six members.

It’s one of the most inexperienced, with only one girl who has more than a year’s experience.

But all of that’s OK with Jenkins.

In fact, it’s better than OK.

She’s been able to get back to basics in dance skills. She’s been able to really focus with the dancers. And maybe best of all, she’s instituting routines that are all her own.

“We’re rebuilding the skills – the turns and leaps,” Jenkins said. “Without solid skills you don’t look good.”

Jenkins said most of the practices have been focused on doing a routine, conditioning and then going back over that routine.

With the six dancers she has, Jenkins said initial indications are good.

“It’s a little easier because you get them to do what you want them to,” she said.

The six girls on the team attended a camp at the University of Northern Colorado earlier in the summer to learn fundamentals and the basics of the routine.

All six of the dance team members have put in long hours – including two-a-day practices the week before school started – and have been working on a number of different sets.

“This is the smallest the team’s ever been and that’s a good thing,” said senior and four-year dance team member Amanda Wilson. “You get to work with everyone individually.”

Since the dance team performs acts at most of the football games – both pre-game and at halftime – Wilson said having a smaller team, despite the inexperience, has made the season a success so far.

“My goal is to really bring the team together and be strong as a whole,” Wilson said. “Both the spirit team and the cheerleading team.”

If things go right, Wilson said, the team might even achieve bigger goals.

“I’d like us to do good at regionals,” she said, “and possibly go on to state.”


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