Outback Bowl bound

Thursday, December 28, 2017
(Photo Contributed) The MMCRU dance team will travel to Tampa, Florida Dec. 28-Jan. 3 to be a part of the Outback Bowl Performance Team. The girls will join 500 other dancers as they perform during the pre-game and halftime shows of the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Pictured front from left, Mahaley Dirks, Faith Olson, Jana Quiles Lopez, and Madison Nicks. Back row, Jocee Roberts, Asiah Jackson, Aliyah Jackson, Kaitlyn Goth, Mattie Tucker, and Madison Treinen. Not pictured, Jadyn Steffen.

MARCUS — Imagine it, a chance to dance in front of the entire country. That is exactly what the dance team from MMCRU will get to experience over Christmas break.

The team of 10 dancers, along with their coach Kayla Schroeder, will travel to Tampa, Florida Dec. 28-Jan. 3 to perform at the pre-game and halftime shows of the 2018 Outback Bowl.

“I am most excited to share this once in a lifetime opportunity with my dancers,” Schroeder said. “I believe performing during the bowl game will be a memory they will never forget.”

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The team will join nearly 500 dancers from across the United States as a part of the 2018 Just for Kix Outback Bowl Performance Tour.

“In the summer of 2016, members of the team attended the Just for Kix dance camp held at Buena Vista University. While at camp, all dancers learned a short fun routine and if they chose they could continue to practice the dance, add their own personality, and use the routine as a tryout for the Outback Bowl,” Schroeder explained. “They tried out and were accepted, however since the 2017 tour was full, we were placed in the 2018 tour.”

Each year, the Minnesota-based Just for Kix dance studio, that has more than 200 programs nationwide, choreographs the Outback Bowl pre-game and halftime routines.

The performances will be under the direction of Just for Kix Owner and Founder Cindy Clough and choreographed by Clough’s daughter, Ali Geraets.

“Most of these girls dance experience comes from being on the high school team. I am excited for them to be a part of a larger dance production. Maybe it will spark interest to keep pursuing dance after high school,” Schroeder said.

While the coach is excited for her team, the dancers are anxious to hit the field.

“I am looking most forward to having the opportunity to not just be at a bowl game but to perform at it. I think it will be a great experience,” said Faith Olson.

Asiah Jackson echoed Olson’s sentiment.

“We are looking forward to the actual performance. We are excited to be a part of something with hundreds of other dancers,” Jackson said.

Aside from the chance to perform on a national stage, the girls’ week will be filled with a full itinerary of activities including a visit to Clearwater Beach, Busch Gardens, Disney World, and a dinner cruise.