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West Fargo junior elite performing their pom routine at the West Fargo dance show. Submitted photo

WF Elite to hold tryouts for new school year

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The West Fargo Elite Dance team is looking for talented young dancers that will be students in 4th-8th grade during the 2013-2014 school year to compete on their Youth and Junior teams for the upcoming dance season.

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Tryouts, open to anyone in the West Fargo, Fargo, Moorhead area, will be held March 11, 12 and 14 at Eastwood Elementary School, 500 10th Ave. E., West Fargo, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Dancers will learn both a short jazz and pom routine.On the last day they will be evaluated on both these routines and technical dance elements. Dancers should wear dance shoes, shorts and a fitted top. 

All dancers must turn in an application prior to the final evaluation on March 14 to be eligible to try out.

The West Fargo Elite is a competitive group that competes in Youth and Junior Studio divisions. They also perform at various events around Fargo with one of their favorites the NDSU Bison Basketball games.

The team originated in 2009 as an independent studio team without affiliation to any other dance croup. It was comprised of a senior team of dancers 18 and under that competed as an all-star team nationally.

The team placed third at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Fla.  and made it into the Grand Champion round at UPA Americup in Minneapolis, Minn. 

The following year, the junior team was created which competed both locally and regionally. It was made up of dancers 14 and under from North and West Fargo. This team was coached by Jordan Jost and Claire Moltzan for three years and was the only team for West Fargo Elite. In 2012, Allison Heinen took over the organization and added a youth team and now coaches with Madison Schommer.

Group practices are held two to three times a week, meeting for approximately an hour and a half each time, at local elementary schools.

Applications for the upcoming tryouts are available on the WF Elite website at: www.wfelitedance.org

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