Dance Team photo

The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ Dance Team pictured from left to right (front row): Fasharra Payne, Natalie McAbee and Katie Bunch; (middle row): Eliza Cook, Jacee Cummings, Annie Massey and Bretton Flynn; (back row): Brea Farmer, Julianna Whitney, Emma Peden, Makenna Delk, Grayson Groves and Taylor Harvey won first place in hip-hop and pom division at KDCO regionals at Meade County High School in Brandenburg.

The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ Dance team competed in the KDCO (Kentucky Dance Coaches Organization) regionals at Meade County High School in Brandenburg to qualify for KDCO state competition.

The team was among over 50 teams competing in different divisions at regionals. For the second year in a row, the team won Region 4 1st Place in both hip-hop and pom divisions, qualifying for state competition on Sat. Feb. 29 at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.

“Everyone was a little nervous, scared but we have performed these dances many times,” Eliza Cook said. “Once we got out there and got started, we were really into it and performed the best we have ever danced to the routines.”

“We got some extra motivation from two of our dance dads: Jeff Bunch and Jim Flynn,” Makenna Delk said. “They hyped us up before we performed our routines and we needed that because it got us to compete and perform better.”

“Natalie (McAbee) did not perform at regionals because of her back so hopefully she will be back and ready for state competition,” Wildcats Dance Team coach Grace Johnson said. “We just have to make sure that we hit our tricks and routines perfectly. They performed great at the regionals and with this being the last competition of the season, they are going to have to bring it and I know they will. I feel like, and I think the girls do too, that we have a really good shot at first place at KDCO state competition.”

With the state competition on the horizon, the team’s goal is to finish first in both hip-hop and pom divisions. The team is very confident as they finished second in hip-hip and third in pom at state last season.

“We still have time to work on the routines,” Annie Massey said. “If we are comfortable enough to add a little something, something to our routines. Or we can perfect them by just cleaning them up.“

“We are going to have more practices, work harder and grow together even more as a team,” Emma Peden said. “We need to bring that same focus and motivation to state if we are going to walk away with 1st Place in our routines.”

Our team is going into state with confidence after getting first place in both categories at regionals,” Wildcats Dance Team coach Lauren Hall said. “We are going to fine-tune all of our technique and tricks to make it perfect for state.”

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