Journey to the Tourney: Dance Team


Katrina Schiller

The SSDT stands in the first formation of their championship winning kick routine.

As a way of recognizing the athletic talent here at SHS, the LeSabre is going to follow state qualifying sports teams on their journeys to the tourneys. This edition is all about the Sartell Sabre Dance Team.

I had the chance to speak with senior captain Alayna Runge about the dance team and their experience thus far. This is what she had to say prior to the state competition.


Q. What has the dance team been doing in preparation for this year’s State Competition?

“We have been working to stimulate the energy we will feel at the Target Center so that there are no surprises when it’s time to compete.”

Q. How do you think you match up to your competitors?

“I think we have a fair chance against the other teams. It will come down to who wants it more.”

Q. What has been the biggest difficulty this season?

“The team is younger, so some things took a little longer to catch on.”

Q. What sets this team apart from the others?

“We’re very close and bonded throughout the different grades; everyone tries their hardest at all times.”

Q. Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

“We do a team prayer and visualization, and then we hit a poster.”

Q. If you could describe your Journey to the Tourney in one word, it would be…


It will come down to who wants it more.”

— Alayna Runge

The SSDT went on to take third place after a phenomenal jazz competition on Friday. They placed behind Totino Grace and Benilde-St. Margaret’s, who were awarded second and first place respectively.

The dance team brought their A-game with them into the kick competition on Saturday, where they defended their state title and won the championship for the second year in a row.

Successfully defending their state title proves that the SSDT is consistently a force to be reckoned with.