The Baldwin County Tigerettes are not your average high school dance team.

Baldwin County Tigerettes ready to compete at Nationals

"We practice three times a week for two, two and half hours and it's just non-stop and pushing and going and going and going,” said LoriAnn McCullough, a Baldwin County High School Junior.

"We are very goal oriented and detail oriented. This right here what we are doing behind me, constant number of cleanings. That's how we got to where we are now winning regionals and state,” said Amanda Eversman, a Baldwin County High School Senior.

They aren't done winning yet.

"We really want to be on top of everything so our main goal is to come home with jackets and rings and stuff and come home with a trophy,” said Courtney Hart, a Baldwin County High School Junior.

The Tigerettes are heading to Orlando this week to compete in the Dance Team Union National Championship.

"The top 100 dance teams across the country are invited to this competition so it’s a huge honor. We start preparing a year in advance. So when we finished nationals last year we started preparing for this year’s national,” said Elizabeth Byrd, Baldwin County Tigerette’s Head Coach.

This will be the team’s third year in a row competing on the national level.

"I think the secret to success is finding the girls passion for dance. For me it’s not just about great performances it’s about the culture that we build so it’s important that the girls have a friendship with one another that they support one another and they encourage one another,” said Byrd.

Their passion and love for each other is evident.

"I would describe this team as hardworking and very energetic and loving and supportive of one another,” said Hart.

"It's a family like we are all together. We all get along. It's just one,” said McCullough.

"I mean they are like sisters; they are like family," said Eversman.

Their motivation to win it all is at an all-time high as they get ready to show off their hard work and represent their community.

"It just pushes us to be better and to show our community that we are something,” said McCullough.

"It's just right out in front of me and I want it so bad and I feel like with all of us banning together as a team, working together as a team and focusing on not just our dance but ourselves as a whole that we can do that,” said Eversman.

The team is set to leave on Thursday and will compete on Saturday and Sunday.

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