By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
The Clovis High School Wildcadettes dance team strutted their stuff in Florida over the weekend, taking home top honors at the 2014 Orlando Dance/Drill Team National Competition.
The Wildcadettes finished fifth overall among 15 other teams competing. The team won first place for novelty, hip hop, pom and military in the novice division, for which they were the only team competing.
“That was our goal,” said Assistant Coach Sharon Dorman, “to be in the top five. And we did it.”
This was the first national competition for the team in nearly six years, and Dorman said the team spent countless hours selling calendars and candles and delivering phone books to raise money to attend.
According to Dorman, the competition was a great chance for the team members, all sophomores and juniors, to see new and different styles of dance from the other teams.
For the dancers, the trip was as much about team bonding as it was about the thrill of competition.
Junior Christalyn Springs said her favorite part of the trip was having everyone from the team riding the same amusement park ride at once and getting to spend time together.
Valon Smith, also a junior, said she enjoyed getting Coach Kym Cordova to ride six rides at one of the amusement parks.
Cordova and Dorman agreed that this year’s team is extremely motivated and committed to working hard and learning to do their best.
“This team here,” said Dorman, “they’re the dream team.”
Cordova said the team’s success would not be possible without the support of the Clovis School Board, high school staff, parents, family and community support.
Next up for the Wildcadettes is a competition March 15 in Santa Fe, followed by the New Mexico state dance competition March 28 and 29 in Albuquerque.