Stingline dances into third place at regional competition

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Stingline competed and got third overall in their first dance competition, the Military Auxiliary Dance Competition, at Ray High School this past Saturday.

Because the dancers are relatively new to the dance scene and it was their first competition, none of the girls anticipated to win so big.

“I was expecting us to place, but not do as good as we did,” said junior and colonel Ashlyn Sneed, who has been on Stingline since its formation in 2015. “The girls really pulled together as a team and danced to their best ability.”

In addition to winning third overall, the team won best in military and best in kick. As individuals, freshmen Lauren Guerra and Austin Farley earned first place and sophomores Kindel Casey and Kailee Mendiola got second place for their duets.

“Lauren and I knew that (the award was for) us so we just looked at each other and started jumping up and down,” Farley said.

Stingline performed in a total of nine routines, including three team dances, four solos and two duets. By the end of the night, the team was extremely tired from their day at competition.

“We had been (at Ray) for more than 12 hours, and some of us didn’t get a lot of sleep (the night before) because of how nervous we were,” Sneed said.

Even though they faced setbacks in preparing for the competition, including a few dancers spraining their ankles and a couple members quitting, the team was able to thrive and put together several amazing performances. Stingline director Dree Baxter said she is extremely proud of the girls.

“They have put in countless hours and hard work for several months,” Baxter said. “They put dance and representing Flour Bluff at the top of their list, and yesterday it showed.”

Even if they hadn’t won anything, the team was still excited to go and learn about the competitions.

“It feels like I’m starting a legacy because it’s the team’s first time (competing),” Sneed said. “I’m so glad I could go through this experience with my teammates.”

Stingline still looks to their win as a learning experience and will take away a lot from their first contest, Sneed said. They also learned a lot about how the competition worked, Baxter said.

“I can also see the team’s strong and weak points compared to other teams and know what to work on in general to make us a better team,” she said.