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Dance Teams kick off competitive season at the Clackamas Competition!

The dance Team season this year will have all of the familiar dance team categories, as well as some exciting new opportunities for theams and dancers . Leading up to the DDCA Invitational on December 9, teams can compete in the following dance catergories: Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Kick, Modern, Novelty, and Pom. A new element this year for dance is the opportunity for solos, duos and trios to take the floor in competition. As always, dancers can also compete in drill down for some individual recognition during a competition day.

The clackamans dance competition on November 11, hosted by the Cavalettes, brought dance teams together in an exciting day of dance to kick off teh 2023-2024 season. Taking the floor on Saturday were teams from Canby, Centennial, Cleaveland, Grant, Gladstone, Lakeridge, Lebanon, Nelson, Newberg, Pendleton, Philomath, Reynolds, Roosevelt, Scappoose, South Albany, Sprague, Valley Catholic, West Linn, Wilsonville, and the host school, Clackamas!

Depending on the number of teams in a category, routines were eather divided into school classifications, 1A-5A and 6A, or combined into one group 1A-6A. Congrats to all of the fabulous routines that were shared on Saturday, entertaining a packed house of families and supporters. Top winners for the day in each category included the following teams: Contemporary wins for Valley Catholic and Clackamas, A Modern win for Canby, Jazz category wins for South Albany and Clackamas, Hip Hip wins for Lebanon and Lakeridge, a Pom category win for Lebanon, and a Novelty win for Sprague.

There were seven brave soloists competing in either a sophomore-junior or a senior group. The senior soloists were Eva Phillips (Lebanon), Jadyn McMullen (Philomath), Julia (Centennial), and Sasha Nagy (Wilsonville). The Sophomore-Junior soloists were Elizabethe Burriel (Philomath), Grace Broadwater (Nelson), and Ginnah Hopper (Philomath). One Trio was performed by Gladstone dancers Jacklyn, Ariana, and Yuvia. These dancers and athletes did a great job introducint the new solo/duo.trio category tot he competition day!

Congrats to the highest scores of the day with Sprague's Novelty (1A-6A) receiving an 80.11, Lebanon's senior soloist Eva Phillips receiving an 80.39, and Clackamas' Contemporary (6A) receiving an 83.06. "I was anxious and excited to be able to show everyone what we've been working on, and I love seing all the teams. I think it was a great way to start our competition season!" -- Phillips from Lebanonon.

Dancers also competed in Novice and Advanced drill down, resulting in a top ten for each level. The dance Team season continues on Nov 18 at Gladstone and Reynonlds, and on Dec 2 at Rex Putnam and West Albany!

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