The North Dallas Vikingettes are getting ready to attend their third dance competition, but without enough funds to cover the cost of the fees, the drill team could lose the opportunity to attend this year’s competition on April 7.
Seventeen Vikingettes — six seniors, six juniors and five sophomores — are preparing to compete at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Regional in San Antonio. This event hosts award-winning cheer and dance teams from around the region to compete in front of a panel of judges in hopes of taking home the first place trophy.
“This is a significant increase from last year, when only 12 members competed,” said San Nguyen-Tran, the Vikingettes drill team sponsor. “In 2016, only six members competed. This growth is encouraging since it has remained consistent year after year.”
Due to the increase of members, the cost has also increased. The overall cost of the trip is $5,625, which includes fees for team routines, solos, entrance tickets, hotel, and transportation.
When it comes to fundraising, the drill team does it all. To date, they have raised funds by selling homecoming pep rally tickets, had a fundraiser for the teams’ little sisters to perform in the stands during Homecoming week and had fundraisers at Chipotle and Raising Cane’s.
So far, the Vikingettes have collected enough funds to cover transportation, routines, solos, and entrance fees, including $140 toward their hotel.
The squad has only a few weeks left to reach their goal of $910 to help cover the trip.
The Vikingettes are planning a car wash from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts at 4409 Live Oak St. in Dallas. The group is not charging a fee, but accepting donations that will help fund their trip to the competition in April.
“Every effort we make to fundraise helps us reach our goal,” Nguyen-Tran said. “We are seeing progress and would like to continue to take the necessary steps to reach our goal.”
Since January, the Vikingettes have prepared to compete against other drill teams and dance companies. The team practices three times a week for almost three hours each day, preparing to compete with three choreography routines and three different costume changes for each one.
“Competition means more than winning a trophy or a prize,” said Nguyen-Tran, when asked why was it important for the team to participate. “It is the sisterhood and friendship that members build along the way as they face the challenges of preparing to compete.
“It is important to participate because we believe the Vikingettes have the qualifications to represent our school,” she said, “and compete head-to-head with other teams throughout the state.”
How to help
To make a donation to the Vikingettes, contact Briggette Allen Johnson:
Paypal – Bajohnson1121@gmail.com
Square Cash – $BriggetteJohnson