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Saugus High hosts dance competition

Posted: February 24, 2009 11:29 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Saugus High Dance Team displaying the plaques they won at a regional dance competition in Glendale Saturday. Saugus High School is hosting a United Spirit Association Regional Dance Competition Saturday. Competing this year from the Santa Clarita Valley are Canyon, Hart, Valencia, West Ranch and Saugus high schools.

Saugus High Dance Team will host a United Spirit Association Regional Dance Competition Saturday.

This event will bring the best of Santa Clarita Valley’s high school dance teams together along with several strong teams from outlying areas as they vie to qualify for USA Nationals.

“Most of time the regional competitions have been held in outlying areas such as Orange County, Riverside, Glendale, but this time residents of Santa Clarita have an opportunity to see some of the best high school soloists, duets, small and large teams perform right here at Saugus High,” said Bridget Groller, Saugus High Dance Team advisor.  

The Santa Clarita Valley high school dance teams are highly respected and regarded and will definitely keep the crowds entertained and enthralled. Competing this year from our valley are Canyon, Hart, Valencia, West Ranch and Saugus.

Bishop Alemany, Calabasas, Claremont, Newbury Park, Roosevelt, South, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake will also compete.

This competition will showcase a variety of styles including jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, character and novelty. Soloists will perform first starting at 8 a.m. The competition will end at approximately 5:15 p.m., at which time awards will be presented.

The benefits of dance for teenagers are numerous, not only providing students with improved health, but allows students an opportunity to express themselves in a positive manner, team officials said.

“At a time when teenagers face ever-increasing academic demands to distinguish themselves for college admissions by taking honors and advanced placement classes, it becomes increasingly important to provide them with a creative outlet such as dance,” said Sandy Fisher, publicity chair. “Yet, at the same time, schools are facing tough decisions regarding their budgets, which means that the need for community support and private funding for high school dance teams is even greater.”

Tickets are $8 for the entire day with free admission for children 5 and younger. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event and will go on sale at about 7 a.m. A wide variety of refreshments and food will be available for purchase from the Saugus High Dance Booster Club throughout the day.  

For more information, call Terie Stokes at (661) 297-2604.


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