Dancing their way to victory
Lake Oswego, Lakeridge teams take top slots in state dance championships
Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high school dancers really should be dancing yeah.
Teams from both schools, led by coaches who were Portland Winterhawks dancers, swept the Jazz category during the sixth-annual Oregon Dance and Drill Team Category Championships.
Circling their eyes with intense black eyeliner and donning black lace uniforms, Lakeridge dancers twirled and jumped to Kongas Come with Me Now, after which the Pacers walked away with first place in the large-group Jazz category during the Saturday competition at Canby High School.
The dance team earned the highest score ever for Lakeridge at the event and the highest score of all 33 jazz routines this season.
We had a lot of fan support, and so I remember the second that they called our name. I looked up at our fan section, and everyone was standing up there cheering, team captain Makenzie Flemming says, and it was really wonderful watching everyone who cared to come watch us and support us.
Laker dancers scored two first-place awards. Their dark routine set to American Idol alum Haley Reinharts husky-voiced cover of House of the Rising Sun won the small-group Jazz category. To earn top billing in the large-group Pom category, Lake Oswego High spun about to an eight-song medley featuring tunes such as 1990s icon Salt-N-Pepas Shoop and Soft Cells omnipresent 1980s hit, Tainted Love.
Winning in both of our divisions was a reward for the hard work and dedication we had for our routines, dancer Jenna Rossiter says. It has sparked new energy for the second half of our season, and reminds us that hard work is always worth it and always pays off in the long run.
Their fortitude will next be tested when the local dancers all vie for a place in the Oregon School Activities Association competitions.
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