Dancing the night away

12 Colorado Schools compete at the Continental League Dance Championships. Mountain Vista Varsity took first and ThunderRidge Varsity took second.

The exhilarating, electrifying pre-performance jitters of walking out onto the hardwood floor, judges staring, hearts beating, palms sweating, minds racing; these are the typical feelings of the Heritage High School Varsity Belles and JV Poms dance teams just moments before they perform their routines.

“You can’t hear anything but the sound of your heartbeat and the people screaming,” Anna Gerze ‘14 describes.

“You have to look over the judges’ heads because you don’t want to know what they’re thinking,” Rita Passaglia ‘15 adds in.

On Thursday, November 8, twelve Colorado high schools competed against one another for the chance to claim their spot as champions in the first competition of the season. Heritage, Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, Legend, Ponderosa, Chaparral, Douglas County, ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon, Castle View, Littleton and Regis took their turns on the Heritage gym floor to compete in a variety of events. The performances consisted of Freshmen Pom, JV Pom, Varsity Hip Hop, Varsity Pom and jazz dances.

The JV girls felt really proud of their routine, as did the Varsity Belles.

The Heritage Junior Varsity Poms perform first. Their school spirit and camaraderie echo through the gym as they begin the competition.

“They did really really well. I think their performance was the best I’d ever seen,” Varsity Captain Megan McLeod ’14 states after the JV girls performed.

The end result of the competition held Mountain Vista in first place for Varsity and ThunderRidge in second.

Varsity Belles’ Co-Captain Madison Jarrett ‘13 really looks forward to the new season.

“Last year was a building year for us so now we’re at that step where we’re progressing,” says Jarrett when asked about the potential of the team this year.

This is the first competition of the season and the girls hope to place in their next meet because of all the hard work that they have put into dance.

“We practice Monday through Thursday for two hours, and sometimes we have Saturday morning practices,” explains Maddie Laycock ’15.

All of those practices make for a strong bond between the girls.

“We are very close,” Caroline Crump ’16 tells. “It’s like we are a family,” Laycock adds.

Coach Mrs. Julie Cantwell was very delighted with the way the girls executed their routines.

“I was really pleased with their performance; I felt like they all gave it one hundred percent and worked as a team,” Cantwell tells.

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