FLDT places in top 10 at invitational

The Forest Lake Dance Team attended its last invitational of the season on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Mounds View — placing 6th in jazz and 9th in kick – out of a field of 23 teams competing in Class AAA.

The Rangers will now get ready for Sectional competition that will be at Bloomington Kennedy on Saturday, Feb. 11.

“Our jazz performance was enough for a trophy, but in kick we were hampered by ankle/knee/hip injuries to four dancers and two alternates,” said coach Cheryl Smoczyk.

Jazz fared much better, she noted, even dancing down two members.

“We finished the highest ever in a field of competitors this big,” Smoczyk said. “We are still hoping to crack the top three at sections in either jazz or kick so we can advance to the state tournament, but we need some injury healing time.”

Tryouts for next year’s dance team will take place on Feb. 28-29 in the fieldhouse at Forest Lake High School.