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Regional dance competition is hosted by Saugus

Competition begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Saugus gym

Posted: February 17, 2010 9:32 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The Saugus High School Dance Team. Front row: Courtney Robbins, Jessica Breneman, Shea Tinsley and Megan Stokes. Middle Row: Tamara Sosa, Haley Slaten, Victoria Friedman, Darla MacDonald, Karissa Petersen, Gianna Mascari, Taylor Friedman, Meagan Foertsch and Nicole Callas. Back row: Jenny Gross, Katie Lin, Ali Naranjo, Ian Waschak, Erika Fishe...

The Saugus Dance Team will host a United Spirit Association (USA) Regional Dance Competition at the Saugus Gym on Saturday.

Residents of the Santa Clarita Valley have an opportunity to be entertained and astounded by the breadth of talent of some of the best high school dance teams in Southern California as they vie to qualify for USA Nationals.  

This is the second consecutive year the Saugus team has hosted this competition.

“The Santa Clarita Valley high school dance teams are highly respected and regarded having won many USA National Championship awards,” said Sandy Fisher, Saugus High Dance Team publicity chairwoman. “In fact, the Saugus Dance Team has won six National Championship awards over the past seven years.”

Teams from the SCV scheduled to compete at the competition include: Canyon, Hart, Valencia, West Ranch and Saugus. Out-of-area schools include Buena, Calabasas, Claremont, Fountain Valley, Gladstone, Hoover, Lompoc, Newbury Park, South Drill, South Dance, Thousand Oaks and Westlake.

A variety of styles including jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, character and novelty will be showcased at the competition. Soloists will perform 8 - 10 a.m. followed by small and larger group numbers. The competition will end at approximately 6:15 p.m. with awards presented at the end of the competition.

“Numerous studies have proven the benefits of the arts, including dance, to intellectual achievement in math and language, but there are so many other benefits. Confidence and self-esteem are raised. The importance of dedication and dependability are learned,” said Bridget Groller, Saugus High Dance Team adviser.

The public is invited. Tickets are priced at $8 for the entire day with free admission for children age 5 and under. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event and will go on sale at 7 a.m. A wide variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day. For information call Terie Stokes at (661) 297-2604.


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