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Pizazz dance team fifth at state

The Daily Astorian

Published on March 20, 2017 7:45AM

Last changed on March 20, 2017 8:23AM

Top row from left to right: Maia Mahoney, Patience Womack, Elizabeth Varner, Julia Jenkins, Daphne Frost and Jackie Everts.
Bottom row from left: Liberty Olsen, Ally Berger and Nara Van de Grift.

Emily Madsen/Submitted Photo

Top row from left to right: Maia Mahoney, Patience Womack, Elizabeth Varner, Julia Jenkins, Daphne Frost and Jackie Everts. Bottom row from left: Liberty Olsen, Ally Berger and Nara Van de Grift.


PORTLAND — The Astoria High School dance team, Pizazz, finished fifth at the OSAA/U.S. Bank Oregon State Dance Team Championships at Memorial Coliseum, Saturday night.

The team of nine students performed their tate dance to “Requiem for a Dream,” in black dresses. The performance was choreographed by assistant coach Emily Madsen.

Stayton won the team championship for the 4A/3A/2A/1A level, with a final point total of 91.33.

Valley Catholic was second with a 90.95, followed by Scappoose (79.72), Marshfield (77.70), Astoria (76.30), Gladstone (75.62) and Crook County (72.50).

The choreography was based on ballet and contemporary dance styles, and garnered high points for the dancers’ technique, and interpretation of the of the music.

The dance team competition season began at Gresham High School in February, with the team coming away with a first-place trophy, and qualifying the team to enter the state competition.

Other competitions were at Tigard High School and Liberty High School.

Astoria team members are: seniors Ally Berger, Patience Womack and Julia Jenkins; juniors Maia Mahoney and Daphne Frost; sophomores Nara Van de Grift and Jackie Everts; and freshmen Liberty Olsen and Elizabeth Varner.

The head coach is Jeanne Peterson, and assistant coaches Madsen and Kelly Eckstein.

Dance team parents take an active part in assisting the team, with Linda Berger and April Olsen in charge of hair and makeup; and Betsy Mahoney and Lidia Jenkins in charge of meals, assisted by Theresa Varner.

Tim and Jeanine Van de Grift, Meredith Reilly, Julie Frost and Chris Womack assist with supplies and trips.

Debbie Barbic provides costume assistance.

“We are so grateful to so many people, who have helped support our fundraisers, sponsors, plus our school administrators, Lynn Jackson (principal), Howard Rub (athletic director) and Kevin Goin (activities director), who take a great interest in supporting the dance team program” Peterson said.



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