Park Rapids Just for Kix ends season with a win
Despite a winter storm and diminished numbers, the young dancers earned a first place, three thirds and a fourth in their March 11 competition in St. Cloud.
The Park Rapids Just for Kix dance program had their final competition of the season March 11 in St. Cloud.
“With the huge snowstorm, many of our older dancers couldn't make it down that day,” said program director Kaitlin Popanda. “We had a lot of our teams with missing kids. Definitely a day to remember, and we were so proud of the kids for going out onto the competition floor confident, with their heads held high, with half their teammates by their side.”
The Mini Kix team (grades 4-5) took first place in their division with the routine “I Love Rock ’n Roll.” Popanda said they “killed it. … This was a great way to start our morning, with a huge victory.”
Junior Kix (grades 9-12) came away with third place with their routine “Rihanna Mix,” despite missing teammates and “a tough division of incredible teams,” Popanda said. “I am super proud of this group. I had a blast watching them perform. They made me want to get up and dance with them – which is what I always tell them is their goal. Make the audience feel what you’re feeling when you dance. I felt that joy.”
Other Park Rapids teams that placed were Mini Hip Hop (grades 4-6), third place; Middle Lyrical (grades 6-8), third; and Middle Kix (grades 6-8), fourth.