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Rhythmettes have solid core of returning talent

Wadena-Deer Creek varsity dancers work on a routine Thursday morning in the WDC Middle/High School gym.1 / 2
Dancers Eva Baron and Kelsey Miller lead a high kick routine.2 / 2

Beth Motschenbacher’s Wadena-Deer Creek Rhythmettes are not wanting for veteran talent as they head into their 2013-2014 dance line season.

  Returning letterwinners include seniors Ella Harrison and Brittany Andrews, juniors Kristyn Ament, Autumn Jahnke and Shaye Blessing, sophomore Jessica Langer and freshmen Nicole Iken and Sydney Emerson.

  Dancers who have joined the club and stayed aboard for the last couple years include freshmen Nicole Miller, Ashley Lehmkuhl, Liz Peterson and Gabi Ross along with junior Brianna Rosenthal.

Motschenbacher has been coaching the dance line team for seven years and she has seen a lot of change.

  “The dance team has come a long way with people respecting it more and understanding it more,” Motschenbacher said. “People are just beginning to understand the hard work it takes to be a competitive dancer.”

  Motschenbacher has added a junior varsity program during her tenure.

  “That has made our program grow and be stronger,” Motschenbacher said. “We have some strong JV dancers that I hope to put on varsity.”

  Jazz competition is new to the Rhythmettes this year and Motschebacher will be calling on her kick line to supply the talent for it.

  The rest of the WDC team includes sophomores Skyler Houts and Kassi Peterson, freshmen Barbara Zick and Maggie Schmitz, eighth-graders Abby Gladback, Emma Taggart and Kayla Peterson and seventh-graders Allison Gedde, Eva Baron and Kelsey Miller.

  The Rhythmettes are scheduled to enter season competition Dec. 7.