Pictured above are the Wee Kix.

Just for Kix dances to competition wins


 Pictured above are the Middle Kix.
Pictured above are the Middle Kix.

Pictured above are the Mini Kix.
Pictured above are the Mini Kix.

Winona Just for Kix is starting its competition season off with a bang! The competition teams recently competed at the Together We Dance Competitions in Rochester, Minn., in January and in Decorah, Iowa, in March.

At the Rochester competition, the Wee Kix team — consisting of second and third graders — placed second behind a tough Rochester team. The Mini Kix team — consisting of dancers in fourth-sixth grades — placed fourth in a very tough and close race.

In Decorah, the Middle Kix team — dancers in grades seventh and eighth grades —took first place in their division. The Mini Kix team tied for second, but lost out in a double tiebreaker and placed third. The Wee Kix team took first place over a strong team from Austin.

The Winona Just for Kix program is in its fifth year under the direction of Michelle Gruber, assisted by Skylar Kroneman and volunteer coach Bailey Jonsgaard. The program consists of dancers in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and dancers represent many local schools in the Winona area. The dancers will wrap up competition season in April at the Just for Kix Nationals Competition in Rochester, Minn., and will perform at their Spring Show in May.

The Wee Kix team members include Tessa Baertsch, Malia Bergler, Stella Brewer, Chloe Christopherson, Isabella DuBois Will, Paige Gordon, Trinity Hareldson, Lauren Indra, Payton Kammerer, Gwen Kanz, Gabrielle Kohner, Hailey Larson, Alaina Malin, Eva Matousek, Sydney Repinski, Caitlyn Speltz, Olivia Stanton, Lily Stratton, and Allison Weber.

The Mini Kix team members include Willa Bergler, Emilee Bolduan, Keira Bratland, Mary Burke, Erin Burke, Julia Cyert, Lily Forrester, Malia Indra, Elsa Kouba, Kaelyn Kronebusch, Nora Leger, Jazmyn Prolo, Savannah Repinski, Abby Stratton, Kali Thompson, Tori Thompson, and Elliana Winger.

The Middle Kix team members are Alivia Marks, Avrielle Menton, Grace Nelson, Ava Ohm, Makenna Peshon, Macy Pye, Tegan Rodgers, Natalie Weber, Riley Wilken, and Hailey Yender.


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