It was a memorable night for the Basalt High School girls dance team on Friday.
In front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Longhorns performed their state championship dance routine and were presented a trophy for their hard work by Basalt Mayor Leroy Duroux.
“It was a huge honor,” said Basalt co-captain Corinne Dillenwater. “It was very special to know the town of Basalt supports us and our efforts.”
The dance team transformed the basketball court into a stage during half-time of the Basalt boys basketball game. The routine was a technical masterpiece set to the sounds of Jet’s ‘Rip it Up’ and ‘Last Chance.’ The dancers moved well and hit their moves crisply.
The routine’s flawlessness, however, did not come easily.
“This team has come so far,” said Basalt co-captain Ashley Ayers. “But everyone put all their hearts in this and we came together.”
In the state championships, the Longhorns scored an 88 in the preliminary event to advance to the finals — marking their second state finals appearance time in as many years. In the big show, Basalt scored a 91 in the finals but was edged by a strong Weld County squad.
The team will be performing during half-time at all Basalt boys home basketball games this season.