Panthers Dancing For Competition
• Peninsula High dance teams are having another successful tournament season.
Peninsula High School’s Varsity Dance Team competed in its final regional competition Saturday, March 10, and now heads for two different national competitions.
At Saturday’s competition at Woodbridge High School, the Varsity competed against other high school teams, with Peninsula’s other competitive dance teams, Varsity Coed Choreo and JV Coed Choreo. All the teams were highly successful.
Varsity Dance performed seven group routines as well as 13 solos. The team placed first in the Medium Lyrical, Large Contemporary, Small Dance, and Extra Small Dance categories. All of which were highly competitive.
The team also earned second place in the Medium Hip Hop, Intermediate Contemporary, and Large Jazz categories.
Many of the soloists were also successful. Each solo category was split up into grade levels, and then further divided into four subcategories for each grade level.
The senior class had three soloists place overall. Robin Hollingsworth placed second within her category, Aimee Tan placed first in her category, and Andrew Bauer placed first in his category as well as tying for the top overall scoring senior solo.
The Juniors had two soloists place within their grade level. Ione Ogawa placed first in her category and Emily Komatsu placed first within her category.
With the successful end of the regional competition part of their season, the Panthers team is more than ready to finish their season strong with two national competitions.
The first national competition, West Coast Elite, will be held March 23-24 in Long Beach. The second national competition will be held on March 29-31 in Anaheim, where the Varsity will again join with the Coed teams from Peninsula.
The dance teams will perform at the Spring Showcase in May in the PEN High gym.