CHARLESTON — The Charleston High School Trojets are going a long way on a routine their coach describes as “technically difficult” but “fun to watch.”
Because of the dance team’s success with their performance, they’re leaving today for Florida, where they’ll compete in the Universal Dance Team Championships at Walt Disney World. The preliminary rounds are on Saturday and, if they advance, they’ll move on to the championship on Sunday.
The Trojets’ varsity team qualified in the kick category, while the junior varsity squad will also make the trip and compete in a pom category. Both teams qualified during competition at a summer camp at Purdue University.
“I’ve got a very hard-working, dedicated team that strives to do their best,” coach Mary Buchar said. “They’re very coachable and they get along well.”
Qualifying for the national competition is a regular thing with the Trojets, as they’ve qualified for several years in a row. However, Buchar has an agreement with school district administrators to make the trip only once every four years to help with budgeting and to make sure each team member gets to go on the trip once during her high school career.
This year’s squad will be the seventh that Buchar will take to the national competition. CHS has never won, but has come close, though Buchar said that’s not her main reason for wanting the team to make the trip.
“As long as they feel good about their performance, I’m fine with that,” she said.
Seventeen varsity members and six from the JV squad are making the trip. There are 22 teams in the category in which the Trojets will compete, and more than 150 teams will be at the event.
The team’s desire to make the trip instilled even more “passion” in its effort to qualify, said Ramie Boyer, one of the team’s three captains.
“We work really well together,” she said. “We knew we had to put it all out there.”
Fellow captain Emily Green said it helps that the routine they’ll perform is “fun, energetic and a crowd-pleaser.” Savannah Johnson, the other team captain, said the team showed improvement and “at every competition we’ve done better and better.”
Buchar said she appreciates the support from parents and others, as the team has been raising money since August to pay for the trip.
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