AMSA dancers dominate in competition

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

Twelve Anoka-Hennepin teams performed at the 13th annual districtwide middle school dance competition April 5 at Blaine High School.

Approximately 275 dancers showed off their skills in front of approximately 2,000 screaming fans.

Anoka Middle School for the Arts was the night’s big winner with its three teams placing first out of five A teams and first and second out of seven B teams.

AMSA teams are coached by Megan Heidemann, Molly Butorac, Alicia Reibling and April More.

Roosevelt Middle School, Blaine, and Oak View Middle School, Andover, also took home trophies, finishing in second and third place for A teams, respectively.

Northdale Middle School, Coon Rapids, finished third for B teams with its routine to “Shake It Up.”

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The Anoka Middle School for the Arts A team takes the floor to dance to “Fight Song” at the 13th annual Anoka-Hennepin districtwide middle school dance competition April 5. Photos by Olivia Alveshere The Anoka Middle School for the Arts A team won first place for its performance to “Fight Song.” Anoka Middle School for the Arts dancers cheer when they realize all three of their teams claimed top spots in competition. The Anoka Middle School for the Arts Maroon team takes a flying leap, placing first for B teams in last week’s Anoka-Hennepin districtwide competition. The Anoka Middle School for the Arts Silver team hits the mark dancing to “One Last Time” and earning second place for B teams. Coached by Alison Rud and Bryana Pulsifer, the sole Coon Rapids Middle School dance team shows off its moves to a Britney Spears mash-up. The Jackson Middle School A team, last year’s champion, closed the show dancing to “Cover Girl.” Dancing to “Long Shot,” the Jackson Middle School B team performs for the crowd at Blaine High School April 5. The Northdale Middle School A team performs a routine to “Let’s Dance.” Placing third for B teams, Northdale Middle School dancers kick it up. The Oak View Middle School A team placed third in competition last week. Oak View Middle School dancers on the school’s A team show off their splits. The crowd applauds as the Oak View Middle School B team finishes its performance to “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself.” The Roosevelt Middle School A team propels itself to second place in the Anoka-Hennepin middle school dance competition April 5. Perfectly in sync, dancers on the Roosevelt Middle School A team show off their flexibility. The Roosevelt Middle School B team bends over backwards to fire up the crowd at Blaine High School. Dancing to “Disturbia,” the Roosevelt Middle School B team puts on a show.
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The Anoka Middle School for the Arts A team takes the floor to dance to “Fight Song” at the 13th annual Anoka-Hennepin districtwide middle school dance competition April 5. Photos by Olivia Alveshere