The 15-member team participated in numerous categories in Somerset, working hard to showcase the well-established routines they have practiced and performed at home basketball games, both as a group and in solos and duets. The entire team took the top first place award in jazz and hip-hop categories, along with a second place in pom. They also placed at the top in numerous solos and duet performances.
The dancers wore white costumes for the beautiful lyrical performance in the jazz category. That routine can be viewed on the school district website on the left upper hand column on the home page. They danced to a monologue, which was a really interesting effect.
Their first place hip-hop performance was their favorite routine because it is considered to be the most exciting piece. It requires the most athleticism with a lot of flipping and gymnastic moves.
Their second place finish in the pom category was perhaps their hardest routine. “It is ridiculously fast, but they did an excellent job,” said Dance Coach Montana Dishman. West Jessamine took the first place win in this category.
Several of the dancers performed in individual solos placing high which included: Callie Phillips, Maggie Gregory, Abby Davis, Kara Taylor, and McKenzie Bell. Dancers also participated in duet performances, which included: Kara Taylor and McKenzie Bell, Kara Taylor and her sister Shay McKenzie.
“We were running back and forth between routines all day,” said Coach Dishman. “We had so many dancers participating in various categories and some of them did their own choreography for their pieces. We also have an awesome choreographer from Somerset, Kaylee Adams, for our group routines.”
“I’m most proud of how they all work together. They are a true definition of a team,” said Coach Dishman. “They make my job so easy. They are just unbelievable. They all act like sisters. They have all been together since last year at this time when our season begins.”
As a result of the regional scores, the girls have earned the privilege of competing at state competition with all three group routines in the different styles. They will travel to Frankfort on February 24 to the prestigious competition at Kentucky State University gymnasium.
The Dance Team performing their Jazz routine
This performance placed 1st in its category
The High School Dance Team performing their Hip-Hop dance
Wayne County High School Dance Team poses with their trophies
Middle School Dance Team during their Pom performance
Middle School Dance Team
Varsity Dancer Callie Phillips
Alex Chumra performs a solo
Kara Taylor performs a solo
Middle School Dance Team performs Hip Hop routine
Middle School Dance Team competing in the Jazz category