PREP DANCE: Marshall dance team hosts Big South Showcase

Photo by Sam Thiel Members of the Marshall High Kick team perform their routine during the Big South Showcase on Monday.

MARSHALL – In sports, competing on the road can bring a unique, and sometimes difficult, atmosphere. But there’s something about competing on your home floor that raises the comfortability bar to a whole new level.

For the second consecutive year, the Marshall dance team got to experience the “home game” feeling, as the Tigers hosted a Big South Conference meet, with Worthington, Fairmont and New Ulm all joining them for the competition. The Tigers came away victorious, placing first in both categories.

Marshall coach Emily Kern said it’s a great feeling to be able to compete once again on their home floor and be in front of the hometown fans.

“It’s really nice to be in our home gym; the fans are really loud and the girls thrive off of the loud cheering so that always helps give the girls energy and bring that energy to their performances, so that was something that was really great to see,” Kern said. “And it was just an awesome night of dance for all of the teams that joined us.”

The meet started off with the Jazz competition, with the JV and varsity teams getting things going. Then after a brief intermission highlighted by performances from the Marshall Just 4 Kix programs, it was the High Kick competition, with the Tigers varsity kick team bringing the energy early on.

Since this is Marshall’s only home competition of the season, Kern said it was nice to be able to compete against some of their other conference opponents and would like to see the number of dance teams in the Big South continue to grow.

“It’s really nice to be able to have a conference meet. We don’t necessarily get to see other teams in our conference at all throughout the season, so it’s nice to have just our conference teams here,” Kern said. “Eventually we’d like to get more dance teams in the schools that are in our conference so this meet can continue to grow in the years to come. It’s also a really great opportunity for us to show our community the athleticism that goes into dance team in the state of Minnesota.”

The Tigers will compete again this Saturday in Belle Plaine. Kern said their biggest takeaway is just continuing to bring a high level of energy into their routines as they head down the final stretch of regular season competitions.

“Just utilizing the energy that they have and bringing that to our competitions every Saturday,” Kern said.