In 2014, the St. James Dance team danced at the Outback Bowl for the first time ever. Four years later On New Year’s Day, 16 dancers got the chance to do that again as they danced at the 2018 Outback Bowl.

Because of the high cost of the trip, the team travels to the bowl game every four years which allows each dancer to dance at the game at least once during their career. The trip per person is about $2000 which means it is important that team has fundraisers for the trip.

In order to raise money for the trip, the team did a number of fundraisers which included things like a chili feed, pancake breakfast and a number of other fundraisers. The team even took their talents to McDonald's to fundraise for the trip. Instead of using their dance skills they went behind the counter and swept the floors and cleaned tables in order to raise money for the trip where a percentage of the money made during that time was given to the team for the trip.

Head Coach Beth Johnson says that she is very thankful that girls were able to enjoy the trip one that was extra special for her as she got to go on the trip with her daughter. “We are so thankful to our families and the community of St. James for making this trip possible. The girls have worked so hard to get here and I am so excited for them to experience this. It really is the opportunity of a lifetime. It is extra special for me as I get to share it with my daughter. Thank you to all who helped make this dream come true!”

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