Tigettes host competitions in preparation for state, nationals
Freshman Dani Davis qualifies for state championship solo
Among the more than 300 dance performances scheduled for Saturday’s Dance Team Union Regional Competition is the state-qualifying solo routine of Tigette freshman Dani Davis.
Davis is one of just seven – out of 47 – dancers who qualified for the Dec. 13-14 Oklahoma State Dance Championships, which will be held at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.
“When she dances it really is like watching a piece of art,” said Meag Warren, Broken Arrow Tigettes head coach. “It’s phenomenal. She’s only a freshman, which blows your mind, because she does stuff that professional dancers do. There’s nothing like it.”
Warren, who is in her sixth year as Tigette coach, has never had a soloist qualify for state. The Tigettes will take 11 routines to the state championships, all of which will be performed this weekend along with two other solos and a duet.
Saturday’s event, which will be held in Broken Arrow High School’s Tiger Field House will include several routines by the Tigette dancers of all ages. Those routines include: Varsity Pom, Kick; JV Pom, Kick; Eighth Grade Pom, Kick; Six/Seventh Grade Pom; Fifth Grade Pom; Fourth Grade Pom; solos by Davis, Avery Brickman and Ariana Mastin; and duet by Martin and Paris Falkenberry
This competition is the only DTU national qualifier in the state, so several teams from across Oklahoma will be competing. The Varsity and JV Tigettes qualified for the February 2020 Orlando, Fla., national competition during a dance camp this past summer.
Saturday marks the second of three competitions the Tigettes have hosted or will host this semester. The third, an American Spirit & Cheer Essentials (ASCE) Celebrity Dance Showcase, is set for Dec. 9 in Tiger Field House
“It’s great because it’s the week before state and you can get some feedback on little things you may need to work on,” Warren said of the ASCE contest. “Our struggle as a program is confidence. And, there’s nothing you can do to build confidence like getting out there in front of judges and competing and going through those motions.
“This has been tremendous for us, especially having it here where they feel comfortable. It makes all the difference in the world.”
Warren’s work in further developing the Broken Arrow Youth Football Association’s dance program is beginning to benefit the Tigettes. With a squad of 20 girls, the eighth grade Tigettes are the largest dance group among the Broken Arrow school teams. Those eighth graders were all part of BAYFA last year. That was Warren’s first year leading the youth dance program. A year ago, she had 30 youth dancers. This fall that number hit 80.
“I love our youth program,” Warren said. “They are getting that experience at such a young age. We didn’t have anything feeding in. It’s exciting to see where we’ll be in the next couple of years.”
Tickets for the DTU competition is $10 (under five years old free). Dances begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday.