The Eastview Lightning Dance Team completed the 2015-2016 season this past weekend at the State Dance Team Tournament held at Target Center in Minneapolis. On Friday evening the team competed in the State Jazz competition where the Lightning were crowned the Class AAA Jazz Champions with a ranking score of 6 and a 754 total points. Maple Grove came in second with a ranking score of 8 and 743 total points. Wayzata placed 3rd, Edina 4th, Lakeville North 5th and Prior Lake 6th.
On Saturday, the State High Kick competition was held and the Lightning Dance Team again took home the gold with their routine titled, ‘The Spelling Bee.’ The team had a ranking score of 7 with a total of 725 (out of 800) points. In second place was Wayzata with a ranking score of 9 and a total of 713 points. Chaska came in 3rd, Maple Grove 4th, Lakeville South 5th and Lakeville North 6th.
This marks the 11th and 12th State Championships for the LDT program. The team also received Academic All State honors with a team cumulative GPA of 3.74. Molly Campbell (12) and Katherine Hebig (11) were named to the Wells Fargo All Tournament Jazz Team. Kelly Smith (12) and Mikayla Koles (11) were named to the Wells Fargo All Tournament High Kick Team. The Lightning Dance Team graduates 5 seniors from their State roster: Morgan Bragg, Molly Campbell, Kelly Smith, Caitlin VanMeter and Demi van Reeuwijk. Team Coaches are Jenny Raiche, Shannen Jilek, Jessica Padget, Shelby Feddema, Toni Balliet, Tina Range and Ellen Kenney.