Dance team competes
First-year Lionettes sponsor Felicia Yoakam admits she was nervous about her dance team competing in the Kansas Spectacular, a contest where more than 50 high school teams perform.
After all, it was the Lionettes' first foray into the competition and Yoakam's first season at the helm. But the Lionettes proved there was nothing to worry about.
Every performance - individual and team competition alike - scored Division I ratings for the Lionettes at the contest, which took place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27, in Olathe.
A Division I rating, Yoakam explained, is the highest scoring category for a performance.
"I can't express how proud I am of the girls this year. They even choreographed all of their routines themselves, with feedback and some guidance from myself,"Yoakam said.
The squad's juniors and seniors performed a kick routine, while freshmen and sophomores strutted their stuff in the jazz category.
The full squad performed its hip-hop and pompon routines, and several Lionettes danced in individual and small-group competition as well.
Solo performances came from juniors Brittany Shelton and Virginia Downing on Friday night.
On Saturday, sophomores Janette Valdez and Hailey Eagle collaborated for a duet, and Shelton, junior Kate Mock and senior Michaela Bristow teamed up for a trio routine.
Yoakam said the Kansas Spectacular also provided a boost of inspiration.
"We were also able to get a lot of ideas for routines to create for next year," she said.