Blaine dance team kicks it up at Just For Kix Dance Camp

The Blaine High School Bengalettes dance team attended Just For Kix dance camp in Brainerd last month. Each dancer learned at least three routines at the four-day camp and danced approximately five to seven hours a day.

 The Blaine High School Bengalettes dance team attended Just For Kix Dance Camp in Brainerd last month. The 2012-13 team is led by captains Brianna Jevnager, Peyton Meade and Kassi Richels. The fall team is coached by Dee Manuel, Megan Schuelein, Stephanie Mitchell and Chelsea Erickson. Photo by Jessica Jones

The Blaine High School Bengalettes dance team attended Just For Kix Dance Camp in Brainerd last month. The 2012-13 team is led by captains Brianna Jevnager, Peyton Meade and Kassi Richels. The fall team is coached by Dee Manuel, Megan Schuelein, Stephanie Mitchell and Chelsea Erickson. Photo by Jessica Jones

The camp offers instruction for every level, ranging from beginner to elite, and various dance styles, including jazz, kick, pom, novelty, hip-hop, contemporary and lyrical.

On the final day of camp, the dancers performed the routines they learned for parents, coaches and friends.

“We have been attending Just For Kix dance camps for 22 consecutive years. They do a fabulous job working with the dancers to improve their skills, plus it’s a great bonding experience for the girls,” said Trina Develice, Blaine dance team’s winter head coach.

The camp holds a leaps, turns, kicks and toe touch contest on the second day of camp and the Bengalettes nominated several of their teammates to participate in the contest, including Dani Bayer, Karissa Bolton, Stacey Cox, Sarah Kocon, Peyton Meade, Stefi Rivera and Monique Webster.

Bayer received second place for toe touches, while Bolton received second place for turns and third place for leaps. Bolton also received an award for Most Outstanding Dancer.

“I’m really proud of how hard the girls worked this year. They showed amazing team spirit and were great representatives of Blaine High School,” said Develice.

The Bengalettes had another successful season finishing seventh in both jazz and high kick at the state tournament earlier this year.

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