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Cheer and Dance is taking South Dakota by storm

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For years the only time you could see cheerleaders in South Dakota was on a football field Friday Night, but that is not the case anymore.

"Completely different than at a football game, a football game is just being on the sidelines and cheering," Lauren Brudigan, a senior member of the Washington Cheer and Dance team said. "This is hardcore stunting; you have to prepare yourself for the routine."

Cheer and dance is taking the state by storm.  If you don't believe it, just check out the crowd that was at the Metro Conference Tournament earlier this month.

"This is the biggest crowd we have had," Brudigan said. "It pumps me up. To see my friends out there, I want to do well.  It is very exciting."

But, instead of pumping up the fans, the fans pump up these cheerleaders and dancers, as the sport has been growing by the year.

"We keep getting more athletes and more girls that are involved every year," Angela Nieman, the Washington Cheer and Dance coach said. "Every year they push each other even more to get those advanced stunts and turn combinations. It is a ton of fun."

At the end of the day though, these are competitions and the girls don't put countless hours in the gym during summer and on weekends for nothing.

"Are they squeezing their motions? Are they giving it hundred percent on their faces and on their bodies?" Nieman said. "Do they look like they love what they do?"

But, it is easy to see; these girls love what they do.


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