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Forum staff reports, Published January 28 2013

Kindred captures three dance line titles

KINDRED, N.D. – “There’s no crying in baseball” is a line made famous in ‘A League of Their Own,’ a movie about women playing professional baseball.

Angela Hill went one step further last weekend when she subscribed to the theory that there is no crying in dance line competition.

Unexpectedly, her Kindred Vikettes dance team won three Class B championships at the North Dakota state dance competition at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

“When they announced our hip-hop team won, our choreographer started crying,” Hill said. “I just said there is no crying.”

“When they announced our pom team won, I reminded them there is no crying. Then when they announced our jazz team won, I finally said: ‘OK, You can cry.’”

It marked the first time Kindred won a state dance line championship. The team’s focus was the National Dance Alliance championship to be held in March in Orlando, Fla.

Little did the team – comprised of one eighth-grader, one freshman, three sophomores and three juniors – realize they would win three titles.

“We had no expectations, we were just happy to make the finals,” Hill said. “It was amazing. I have a group of extraordinarily hard-working and dedicated girls. They do it because they love it.”

Kindred team members are: Brittany Schumm, Kelsey Kowalski, Abbey Brakke, Madison Miller, Ava Hill, Shelby Grabanski, Marissa Kowalski and Emily Peterson.

Carrington, which swept the Class B competition last year with four titles, won the high kick category last Saturday. Since 1987, Carrington has won 23 state championships.

“Carrington has been on top of the pack for a long time,” Hill said. “We are hoping to break that tradition.”

CLASS A RESULTS

Jazz: 1, Bismarck. 2, West Fargo. 3, Minot. 4, Fargo North. 5, Bismarck Century.

High kick: 1, West Fargo. 2, Bismarck. 3, Bismarck Century. 4, Minot. 5, Fargo Davies. 6, Fargo North.

Pom: 1, West Fargo. 2, Bismarck. 3, Devils Lake. 3, Minot. 4, Valley City.

Hip hop: 1, Bismarck. 2, Dickinson. 3, Minot. 4, Fargo Davies.

CLASS B RESULTS

Jazz: 1, Kindred. 2, Carrington. 3, Hazen. 4, Thompson.

High kick: 1, Carrington. 2, Hazen. 3, Underwood. 4, Garrison.

Pom: 1, Kindred. 2, Carrington. 3, Hazen. 4, Underwood. 5, Thompson. 6, Center-Stanton.

Hip-hop: 1, Kindred. 2, Carrington. 3, Beulah. 4, Underwood. 5, Hazen.