Westside dancers en route to Disney World for third time
Watch out world, the Westside All-Star Dance Team is going back to the world tournament for the third time.
Amanda Miller's team, which includes many Lake Oswego and West Linn girls, again ranks among the global elite after winning the Pac West Spirit Regional the weekend of March 11-13.
The world stage, set for Disney World the last weekend in April, will be a fitting end to the team's season.
'We were undefeated all year,' said Miller, who founded the dance team in 2003. 'We won the grand championships at every competition.'
The Westsiders will be sending 27 hip hop dancers to Florida, including 17 returnees from last year. Miller called this year's team her 'best ever,' because it is so talented.
'Carlin Henninger (a 17-year-old senior from Wilsonville) did 75 percent of our choreography,' Miller said. 'We had five or six girls who really have an eye for doing this.'
The Westside girls created their own dances and not by watching other dancers on YouTube. For this year, they chose a theme that was 'a little bit scary,' Miller said.
Westside may have an ace up its sleeve for the world competition. Emmaline Woods-Smith, a Lake Oswego senior, has been battling injuries all season, but she will be ready for action in April.
'I'm really excited. We have a lot more expectations and higher goals this year,' said Woods-Smith, who made her first trip to worlds as a sophomore two years ago. 'We've raised our level of difficulty, and we've cleaned up everything so it's perfect.
'I broke my foot, and I've had difficulties ever since. The worlds will be the first time for me to dance all year.'
Miller loves her team, but she knows the competition will be outstanding.
'I've seen their videos, and they've raised their bars, too,' Miller said.
The Westside roster includes: Alexa Patey, Alexis Alonzo-Bjazevich, Amanda Alderman, Ashlee Casebeer, Ashley Warrell, Brittany Ni-chols, Carlin Henninger, Casey Furlong, Cheyenne Warrell, Darlene Lucia, Danielle Maddox, Emily Wickwire, Emily Willett, Emmaline Woods-Smith, Kel-ly Anderson, Kelly Kim-brough, Kelsey Layman, Maddison Souza, McKenzie Reed, Margaux Rynties, Ni-cole Krill, Paige Grunewald, Sarah Blank, Shelby Powel-son, Taylor Booth, Taylor Gernhart and Tori Copeland.
Miller also has an exciting project for the future. She is now starting an international team for college students.
For more information, go to www.westsideallstarsdanceteam.com.