The Saxon Dance Competitions Heats Up
The South Saxon Dance team have been performing against multiple high school dance teams, preparing for the state competition. These schools include Tigard, Gresham, Sprague, and Philomath. South Dance competes against 6A schools, and won second place against both Philomath and Sprague. Their current score going into state is 71.44. Dance member Jovanna Lopez won drill award at the competition that was hosted at Sprague.
“I was really shocked, I don’t know if you were watching or anyone else was, but i kind of grabbed my face because it went by really fast, I did not expect that,” Jovanna Lopez said. “when I won it I was pretty excited, it would have been the first one I have won out of all four years, but this would also be the first time I actually really, really tried for it. It was really good and rewarding.”
State competitions will be taking place on Mar. 17, at 5 p.m. at the Rose Coliseum in Portland. If they win top fifty percent then they will move onto the finals, which are at 2 p.m. Mar. 19.
“I feel like we were, as a general poll, pretty good, pretty ready. Prepared for it, i feel that we could have done a little bit more to prepare for it, or have a little more time into preparing for it, so i think we’re alright, could’ve been a little better though,” Jovanna Lopez ‘16 said.
The dance team’s coach has stated that they have added more routine to their dance to show the judges. And the members have met new people, and have had the opportunity to bond with their teammates.
“My favorite thing about the competition so far is the very friendly, social aspect all the teams have with each other,” Kenneth Valkner ‘16 said.
The team is excited about going state, and have had a fun year of dance.
“I’ve done dance for nine years and it’s a big part of my life at this point,” Valkner said. “It’s impacted in a lot of different ways and from that i’ve gained things like social skills, and it’s an art, it’s enjoyable, it’s creative, and it’s just fun.”