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Valencia Vikings score in first team competition

Posted: February 24, 2009 11:31 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Valencia Vikings dance team virtually swept the competition at its first USA Regional competition in Claremont taking first place in Large Jazz, Large Lyrical, Small Jazz, Small Lyrical and Officers. All five dances have qualified to compete in the championship division at U.S. Nationals in March.

Valencia Vikings competed for the first time as a team at Claremont High School’s Festival of Dance Feb. 7.

Senior Alexandra Skorniakoff beat out more than 30 dancers from across the region to take first for her solo “Let it Be.” Senior Kirsten Lynskey also finished strong with a fifth-place finish.

Valencia took first place in  Large Jazz, Medium Dance, Small Lyrical and Novelty; second place for Intermediate, Large Lyrical and Officer’s Dance; and third place for Small Jazz. Three of Valencia’s dancers took first place for their solos: Chelsea Raff, Chase Lehner and Brooke Radding.

Last year, Valencia won back-to-back national championships in Large Jazz at the U.S. National Championship competition in Anaheim.
The first place in Large Jazz this year continued in this vein with the group’s large dance “Candy Man.”

Valencia’s next competition is Saturday at USA Regionals at Saugus High School.


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