Ninety-two Coon Rapids girls, preschool through eighth-grade, signed up for a day and evening of dancing Oct. 5.
They were participants in the annual Coon Rapids High School Cardettes dance team’s Mini-Cards clinic in the morning.
And the dance they learned that morning was performed at the Cardettes’ fall dance show in the evening.
Not only were the girls taught a dance for the evening show, the morning activities also included a craft, a snack and a goodie bag to take home, in which they received a T-shirt, certificate of participation and a compact disc with the song they danced to and other songs.
All 60 members of this fall Cardettes fall dance team, which performs at high school football games, pep fests and in shows, were involved in the clinic and the dance show.
The Mini-Cards participants were split into three groups for the clinic, depending on age, and each group was taught an age-appropriate dance by the Cardettes.
Besides the Mini-Cards clinic participants, the evening dance show featured a guys-girls dance, role model dance and the Cardettes performing their three routines – jazz, kick and hip hop.
Other high schools were also part of the show, putting on exhibitions of their dance routines. They included Anoka, Andover, Champlin-Park and Fridley plus St. Cloud State University.
Meggie Moore, first-year head coach of the fall Cardettes, was delighted by the turn-out of girls for the clinic, she said.
“The girls are having a really good time and I’m ecstatic,” Moore said.
Moore grew up in Illinois and has been dancing since she was in grade school.
She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 with two degrees – a bachelor’s of fine arts in dance and a bachelor of arts in biology.
Moore and her husband now live in Ramsey. She is a cytogeneticist for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis which involves analyzing chromosomes.
In addition, she is a substitute teacher in Anoka-Hennepin School District 11.
This is the Moore’s first experience as a high school dance team coach, she said.
“It’s been great,” Moore said.
Assistant Coach Kayla Locnikar is also new to the fall Cardettes program.
A graduate of Centennial High School, Locnikar graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2012 with degrees in education and community psychology.
She works for Dungarvin Minnesota overseeing two group homes for people with disabilities, Locnikar said.
Locnikar has been dancing “for as long as she can remember,” she said.
She has taught at dance studios and also for a theater company.
The Cardettes have different coaches for the winter competition season.
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