Minot Majettes Varsity Dance Team looking for charity money

The Minot Majettes Varsity Dance Team may have a late addition to the squad at its annual Home Show on Saturday if enough money is donated to a charity.

Minot Public Schools activities director Mitch Lunde has agreed to do high kicks with the dance team for one minute at the show if $100 or more is donated to Project Ignite Light. A donation jar will be set up at the event, said coach Lori Lawson. Audience members will be given glow in the dark bracelets, which will also be worn by dance team members. During the routine, the lights will be turned down so the bracelets will glow in the dark. Project Ignite Light, the beneficiary of the donations, is a charity that provides children with needed items when they are examined for abuse at Children’s Advocacy Centers. Members of the dance team will also be making blankets for the charity on Thursday that will be donated to Project Ignite Light.

Lawson said the Home Show will also feature the annual basket drawings. People can purchase a ticket, put it in the basket they are interested in and names will be drawn for who will receive the baskets. Money raised will go to the dance team and help fund the cost of costumes and travel.

“That’s a popular thing,” said Lawson.

During the home show, the varsity, junior varsity and middle school dance teams will perform the routines that they will be performing during the state competition in Grand Forks on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25. Other teams that will be performing will come from Bismarck St. Mary, Center-Stanton, Underwood, Garrison and Dickinson High School.

“(The pom routine) is probably the most popular,” said Lawson, when asked what audiences will most enjoy.

The dance team decided to forgo competing in the novelty category a few years ago and is instead using those funds to compete in an additional regional competition.

Earlier this month the team competed in a regional competition in the Twin Cities at which the national dance team also competed. Minot High’s varsity dance team placed fifth in the pom category and sixth in jazz at that regional competition in Minneapolis.

The Home Show will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Minot High School-Magic City Campus, with doors opening at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and $4 for senior citizens or students with a student ID. Children under age 5 will be admitted free of charge.