The Germantown Hills Lady Warriors Dance Team reported to the Bank of Springfield Convention Center bright and early on Saturday, February 15, prepared to dance their way to a state title.

This year marked the 41st year for the Illinois Drill Team Association (IDTA) state finals, where competition color guard and dance teams from all over the state competed for the chance to bring home some hardware.

Under the direction of head coach, Jill Goins, the 10-member group from Germantown Hills Middle School had been practicing for months--some days even before the sun came up--for the chance to join more than 100 other dance teams in Springfield for the final competition of the year.

All the practicing paid off.  In the end, the girls took all three of their dances--lyrical, kick and jazz--to the IDTA state floor.  But it was their kick line routine (performed to “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers) that earned them a trophy and second place title in their division.

“The coaching staff is incredibly proud of all these girls have accomplished as a result of months and months of hard work,” said Goins.

This isn’t the first time Goins’ girls kicked their way to excellence in the state finals. This year, the girls and coaches celebrated a “three-peat.”    

“To be second in state in anything is an amazing feat, and our team has done it three years in a row in the kick category.  That’s pretty awesome,” exclaimed Goins. 

The 2019-20 Germantown Hills Lady Warriors Dance Team is made up of eighth graders Adelina Demirali, Hannah Gibbs, Sophia Dupent, Ryann Robinson, and Sadie Sheets; seventh graders, Melanie Curry, Abigail Hatcher and Grayce Wolven; and sixth graders Natalie Loring and Lauran Reimers. They are coached by Jill Goins, along with assistants, Brianna Cross and Kari Keys.