By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer
Three months, 156 hours of practice and three routines combined to give Clovis High School’s dance team, the Wildcadettes, first place at a national competition in Orlando, Fla., last weekend.
Because the group participates in national competitions only every three years, the Wildcadettes competed in the novice class at the competition and took first place for their pom-pom, military and hip-hop routines at the Champion Dance Nationals. The team also won the title as national best in class, meaning it scored the highest out of all teams in their class.
Kym Cordova, the dance coach at CHS, said the win made her proud.
“It felt like all the hard work paid off,” Cordova said. “It was an honor.”
Cordova’s team of 13 was considered small for a national competition, but it worked for them, according to one of the team’s captains, Arielle Johnson.
“It helps because you get to know each of the girls better. They become more like sisters instead of teammates,” Johnson said. “How close we are does show on the court when we are performing.”