Bismarck Dance Team Heads to National Competition
The Bismarck High School Demonettes are going to Orlando, FL this weekend to compete at the National Dance Alliance competition at Universal Studios.
The Demonettes, made up of 17 girls, will attend NDA Nationals for the first time this weekend. In years past they competed at Universal Dance Association's competition (also in Orlando) where they placed 8th in High Kick and finaled in the Hip Hop category.
Bismarck High established the Demonettes in 1962 as one of the first drill teams in the state. Many know them for their infamous high kicks but they have now added three more categories to their plate: Pom, Jazz and Hip Hop.
The dedicated group of girls start their season during the summer perfecting a routine to compete with at dance camp. How they perform at camp determines if they will qualify for the national competition. Demonettes don't slow down afterward as they continue to build their endurance and begin choreographing/learning routines for competition season.
The Demonettes compete at numerous local competitions and were asked by four-time defending national champions, the University of Minnesota, to perform at their 'Best of the Best' show. They took first place in Hip Hop for the fourth year in a row at the State Competition in January. They received second in Pom, Kick and Jazz.
Demonettes are coached by Trisha Kinnischtzke, Jess Albrecht and Jennifer Holwegner, all past Demonettes. They are eager to try something new by attending a different nationals than years past and are looking forward to competing against some of the best teams in the nation.
Watch a preview of their routines in their national send-off video created by senior member, Lauren Clausnitzer :