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Miss N.D. Candidates Come Together In Dance

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The first day of the Miss North Dakota Pageant starts today. Throughout the three days of competition, the candidates will dance together as a group. The past couple days, they have practiced for the group dancing portion.

The pageant is a competition that candidates from across the state strive to compete in. Although that is the case, everybody does get to work together on one part.

“I try and do something different every year with choreography,” says Angela Ekdlade the Miss North Dakota choreographer. "I use new music, and keep it different, but have a theme.

There will be a couple times throughout the competition where the group will dance together. For some learning the routine is second nature and others not so much.

“Well, I am not a dancer,” says Miss Williston Carlie Meehan. “I am a piano player, so it's a little bit difficult for me, but other than that, it’s really fun. We have a lot of fun, upbeat songs that we're going to be dancing to. It's an experience that's for sure.”

“It's quite easy for me,” says Miss Roughrider Days Hannah Kramer. “I was a gymnast for 13 years, so I kind of pick up on that stuff pretty quick. It's going pretty good.”

“Great, I actually grew up as a dancer, so I danced for 14 years. I haven't really been able to keep up with training for dance for the past few years, but I love it,” says Miss Peace Garden Jacky Arness.

Ekdlade's job is to make sure everyone is in the right spot at the right time. One of her former dancers understands the importance of practice.

“These rehearsals are where the girls bond the most,” says Miss North Dakota 2013 Laura Harmon. “They make the long lasting friendships that they do here because of these long rehearsals. You have so much to talk about and so much to bond over. That's where the bonding happens. And it's so much fun to get to see the friendships develop every year here at Miss North Dakota.”

Ekdlade has put the time in to get all the candidates ready. Now, they get to show what they've learned in front of all the community.

Harmon added that even if someone is not natural dancer they usually figured it out eventually.

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