Dance Team Places 3rd in 2024 Class 1A Competitive Dance State Finals

The Corsairs found themselves in 5th place after Friday's preliminary performance, posting a score of 85.94 to propel the team to Saturday's final round, where the top-12 teams in Class 1A would take to the floor in a battle for the 2024 State Championship.

First to test the judges on Saturday, the Carmel Catholic dancers surpassed their preliminary mark by 3.5 points when they notched an 89.44, following an evening of careful planning and practice in the Shirk Center of nearby Illinois Wesleyan University. 

The team's final score was its best of the postseason, which featured an 88.07 to win the IHSA Class 1A Sectional Championship, hosted by Jacobs High School, and was .43 higher than 4th-place finisher, and East Suburban Catholic Conference rival, Joliet Catholic Academy.

Upon returning to Mundelein, the 3rd-Place winners were greeted by a police escort, which led the State Finalists back to Carmel Catholic for the final time this season. To close out the historic day, the Corsairs danced together one last time in the lobby of the Hesse Center, where their family and friends were waiting to celebrate the team's success amid a shower of confetti.

On Monday, Dance Team members will present their hard-earned hardware to the Carmel Catholic community when they parade the halls following morning announcements. Led by coaches Amelia Faulstick, Kacey Valentine O'Keeffe, and Lexie Van Skyock, the Competitive Dance program will be supported by the Corsairs Marching Band, as well as students and staff members lining the hallways to catch a glimpse of greatness:

  • Alyssa Centeno (11)
  • Isabella Garcia (12)
  • Delaney Haley (12)
  • Madison Holden (11)
  • Angelina Kmiec (12)
  • Kelsey Krupka (11)
  • Tierney Krupka (12)
  • Kelly Lamb (11)
  • Darby Leetch (10)
  • Jennifer Lochner (12)
  • Erick Orozco (12)
  • Payton Pitcher (10)
  • Mia Rapplean (10)
  • Grace Reimers (9)
  • Ashley Ribordy (12)
  • Sophie Wielgo (10)
  • Emma Zurawski (10)
On behalf of the Corsairs community, we congratulate our dancers on their groundbreaking accomplishment and thank them for representing each of us with grace and dignity on the road to their third-place finish. While the achievements of the 2024 Dance Team will soon be enshrined on a banner in the rafters of the Patrick A. Salvi Arena, their legacy will travel beyond its walls as they are forever known as the "first" to lift Carmel Catholic Dance to a State trophy.

Please join us in congratulating our IHSA place-winning Dance Team!