Winter Sports Spectacular: Devilettes

By Erica Quednau |

Published 02/21 2014 01:07PM

Updated 02/21 2014 05:37PM

VILLA GROVE -- This week, Team USA made history by winning its first ever gold in ice dancing during the Winter Games. Here in Central Illinois, a dance team is doing its best to create its own legacy. The Villa Grove Devilettes have two teams; junior high and varsity. Last weekend, both won state in the Hip Hop category. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau finds out the secret to their success.

It isn't their first time winning. In the past three years, both teams have a total of four state titles, but this is the first time they've ever won together.

It seems that togetherness is key to their success. Two teams, two routines, two titles.

"Once you feel it, you just want to relive it everyday."

"It's just been really overwhelming coming home with all this support."

"It was awesome. Like, everybody was congratulating us and it was really cool."

But when the competition is over, two really become one.

"We're just this big program. Like, there's no separation between us. The high schools, junior high girls. They're all together."

"There's two separate teams, but we try to kind of consolidate it all into one program so the girls are just like one big dance family."

"This team has become a family to me over the years."

It's a bond they say has led to a lot of their success.

"They give us pointers every now and then just to give us help."

"The girls, getting to kind of sit and watch high school, see that they work just as hard as they do, so it kind of pushes them to keep it up."

Plus, winning together is really a lot more fun.

"Both teams got to experience competing on the same floor and winning on the same day, so it was really exciting."

"Having them there with us to support us and us supporting them, it was a really good experience."

"I've gotten to know both teams and we all have a really good bond. And, just like, they're like my second family. And being with your family, getting that big win is just an unbelievable experience."

This is the junior high team's second state title in two years. The varsity team won two years ago, ended runner-up last year, and regained the title again this year.

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