Bismarck Demonettes Head to National Competition
The Demonettes, made up of 17 dancers including 10 seniors, will attend NDA Nationals for the second year in a row. Last year, the Demonettes became the only team from North Dakota at NDA who placed in the top three and were finalists in two categories. They took home a 3rd place trophy in the Small Varsity High Kick division and 8th place in Medium Varsity Pom.
They will compete in four different categories: High Kick, Pom, Jazz and Hip Hop. Along with their JV team, the Demonettes received 17 first place trophies this season including a regional Hip Hop title. Varsity became State Hip Hop Champions for the fifth year in a row and took first place in the Pom category. On top of their success, the Demonettes were invited to perform two routines at the University of Minnesota 'Best of the Best' show.
The Bismarck Demonettes were established in 1962 as one of the first drill teams in the state. This dedicated group of girls start their season during the summer perfecting a routine to compete with at NDA camp, where they qualify for the national competition. The Demonettes don't slow down afterward as they continue to build their endurance and begin choreographing/learning routines for competition season.
The Demonettes are coached by Trisha Kinnischtzke and Jennifer Holwegner, both past Demonettes. Kinnischtzke was inducted into the 2015 NDADD Hall of Fame and Holwegner was nominated for Coach of the Year. They are excited to return to NDA nationals and to compete against some of the best teams in the nation.
Check the Demonette Facebook page for updates and future information on tryouts for the 2015-2016 dance season.
See how the Demonettes have been preparing for nationals below through a story done by KFYR: