Practices started back in August in preparation for the big day. At the start of their season the girls met once a week to work on their dances. With the pressure of state setting in on the team, they changed their practices to three nights a week a few weeks prior to nail down their routines.
Director Mary Jo Behn says that Boone is different from a lot of school because of the once a week practices. Behn explained that most schools treat dance team like they would traditional sports and require daily practices, but Boone plans theirs to be flexible with the girls’ other activities. Behn also noted the practices have been a huge help in improving the team's clarity, sharpness and desire; and it certainly showed on the floor at state.
The first routine Boone performed was in the Hip-Hop category and and was choreographed to an instrumental of “You Know You Like It” (DJ Snake). For this routine all the girls were costumed as if they were orchestra conductors. The piece opened up with seven of the dancers seated on other dancers’ backs and senior Erin Kinne at the front like a conductor. With the wave of Kinne’s hands “conducting” the scene came to life with a wide variety of dance moves. Behn told Boone TV, “They did absolutely wonderful with the routine. It was clean, clear and had great costumes - everybody thought they were cute.”
The second routine performed was choreographed to fast and upbeat songs like “We Run the Night” (Havana Brown) and “Pound the Alarm” (Nicki Minaj) in the Pom category. In this dance they wore their red, green, and white dance uniforms. This began with half of the girls on a knee, and the other half standing. When the music starts, the girls come to their feet and begin their routine.
At the end of the night the Drill team did not receive any awards, but performed well enough to get a Division 1 ranking, which means they scored 60 or more out of 70 possible points. The score for hip hop was 61 on average, and for pom it was 62. Behn said that this team had a lot of success for how young they were, being that the majority of the dancers are underclassmen. The team is not done yet though, they will still be practicing and performing at athletic events.