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Tigard’s Toda wins solo competition

Sophomore Jamie Toda leads an impressive overall performance by Tigard

December 30, 2019 by Danielle Schneider, OSAAtoday

On Dec. 14, dance teams competed at the West Coast Elite Portland Regional at Milwaukie High School.

The competition allows dancers to compete as soloists, elite groups (2-5 dancers) and teams. West Coast Elite, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., offers regional competitions in California, Oregon, and Texas. 

Tigard sophomore Jamie Toda gave a stellar performance to earn first place out of 29 dancers in grades 9-12. In 2018, Toda placed fourth overall in the solo competition. Coming into the competition, her goal was to beat her 2018 finish.

“I love West Coast Elite because it allows us to compete solos in such a supportive environment,” Toda said.

Toda originally trained as a gymnast and made the transition to dance at age nine. She currently dances with the performing company at Westside Dance and Gymnastics Academy and is a second-year member of the Tigard Tigerettes. After high school, Toda hopes to dance at the collegiate level.

Toda and her teammates went on to earn on an impressive list of accomplishments at the competition. Tigard won three of five solo divisions, placed five soloists in the top eight of the finals, won three team divisions, earned two of the top five overall placements and was awarded Best in Contemporary, Best Showmanship and Grand Champions.

Competition Results:

Solos, First-Place:

9th Grade: Tyler Zoe, Tigard

10th Grade: Jamie Toda, Tigard

11th Grade: Ashlyn Miller, Tigard

12th Grade: Sayeh Sanaee, Lake Oswego

Improv: Kaitlin Sandall, Stayton

Top 8 Solo Finalists (all grades):

1st – Jamie Toda, Tigard

2nd – Sayeh Sanaee, Lake Oswego

3rd – Ashlyn Miller, Tigard

4th – Kaitlyn Sandall, Stayton

5th – Samantha Vaughn, Tigard

6th- Jocelyn Christison, Stayton

7th – Natalie Xiong, Tigard

8th – Lily Morris, Tigard

Division Awards, First- Place:

Contemporary – Glencoe

Jazz – Tigard

Hip Hop – Southridge

Elite (2-5 dancers) – Stayton

Character/Open – Tigard

Pom – Tigard

Kick – Union (WA)

Top 5 Placements (all routines):

1st Place – Tigard’s pom routine

2nd Place – Southridge’s hip hop routine

3rd place – Tigard’s jazz routine

4th place – Union’s kick routine

5th place – Stayton’s elite routine

Overall Awards:

Grand Champions – Tigard

Hip Hop Champions – Southridge

Best in Contemporary – Tigard

Audience Choice – Milwaukie’s pom routine

Best Choreography – Southridge’s hip hop routine & Union’s kick routine

Technique – Glencore’s contemporary routine

Best Showmanship – Tigard’s pom routine 

Tigard's Jamie Toda finished first out of 29 dancers in the solo competition at Milwaukie, one year after placing fourth.

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