McALESTER — McAlester’s pom squad competed in the National Dance Team Championship, which took place Feb. 1-2 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Lady Buffs didn’t make the semifinals in either the pom or hip hop categories, but coaches Yvonne Allford and Kacyn Haney said they were close.
In the pom category, they were very close.
“They the missed the semis in pom by 0.44 — less than half a point,” Allford said Saturday.
“It’s so subjective. ... You never know what judges are going to like.”
Haney added, “That’s part of the art of it, too, and that’s part of the fun.”
Allford said rain in Orlando prevented the Lady Buffs from practicing as much as they would’ve liked. But despite a lack of practice, she said the Lady Buffs still performed their routines the best they have all season.
Choreographer Whitney Nelms accompanied Allford and the Lady Buffs. Although they performed the hardest routine they’ve ever done, Allford said judges’ comments included the suggestion that the routine could’ve been even tougher.
“I think where that comes from as a judge is you see a team do something really well, like they execute a quad-turn really well, you want to see more of that style of stuff, more high-level stuff,” Haney added. “And so I think maybe as a judge, they might’ve been like, ‘Oh, well this team can do quads. They should be able to do more.’
“And we just perfected what we did. ... You don’t want to put them out there and make them look sloppy.”
While the Lady Buffs had a chance to get to the semis in pom, advancing in the hip hop competition would’ve been much tougher.
“Only 12 (teams) in hip hop went to the finals,” Allford said. “Of the 12, six in the nation came out of our group. So we were really, truly, to start off in the preliminaries, in the hardest grouping to get out of. ... So we kinda felt like it was going to be hard to get out of (group) D.”