JAMESTOWN, N.D. — In an unfamiliar time during a state competition unlike any other before, the West Fargo Packatahnas found themselves in familiar territory at the North Dakota Association of Dance and Drill state meet on Saturday in Jamestown.
For the third year in a row, the Packatahnas claimed two state titles.
The competition itself looked different, but it was an all-too-familiar outcome for dance teams across the state when the awards were announced in the high kick category. The award ceremony was virtual this year, but the Packatahnas grabbed the Class A Large Varsity state title with their now three-time state-championship winning high kick routine.
The Packatahnas, the runners-up in jazz a year ago, took first in the category this year, dethroning Fargo Davies, which had won the event the previous three seasons. The Eagles took second in jazz and hip hop in the Class A Large Varsity division, and were the state champions in pom, an event they placed second in last season.
Williston won the Class A Large Varsity hip hop state title. Davies also took second in Class A high kick, followed by third-place Valley City, fourth-place Fargo South and fifth-place Bismarck. Fargo South took home the state title in Class A Small Varsity jazz, and was the runner-up in pom in the same division. Bismarck took home the Class A Small Varsity pom title.
The junior varsity Packatahnas squad nabbed state titles in hick kick and pom.
On the Class B side, Carrington swept the high kick, pom and jazz categories. Barnes County North, the runner-up in pom and jazz, took first in Class B hip hop, followed by Northern Cass.
In a normal year, the Packatahnas would be prepping for the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Competition, which typically takes place in early February in Orlando, Fla. The National Dance Team Championship was recently rescheduled to April 22-23 at Walt Disney World, and for the first time in some years, the Packatahnas won’t be in attendance.
The Packatahnas took home the national title in the Large Varsity high kick division last year, ending a 14-year national-title drought. The team not going to UDA Nationals is just another change for the Packatahnas during their pandemic-altered season.