Dance divas gear up for competition |

Dance divas gear up for competition

Cindy Ramunno/Education Correspondent

Eagle Valley High School’s Dance Team is gearing up for their winter season – with a twist. The girls are also practicing hard for their first ever competition slated to take place next week.

The Devil Dance team started during the 2001-2002 school year and now, three years later, the girls are ready to hit the floor at the state level, giving it a shot in the poms/jazz category in Denver. And the girls are ready. Senior Iliana Meza has been with the team since its inception.

“I’m so glad we’re getting the opportunity to compete our senior year,” says Meza.

Meza’s senior teammates have also been on the team since their sophomore year – Brenda Torres, Kendra Kahlow and Brigitte Lowry. The four also serve as captains of the 15-member group.

Also on the team are juniors Carol Dumolt, Megan Ehrenberg, Megan Matthews, Marlis McChesney and Ashley Woodworth, sophomore Chelsea Craig and freshmen Molly Crocker, Bryonny Hiland, Brianna Lamson, Chelsea Linman and Matty Ramunno.

Coach Cheryl McQuaid owns and operates the Eagle Dance Academy along with her coaching duties and dance parents are very appreciative of her efforts.

Dance mom Jan Hiland says, “Cheryl is a fabulous coach – her own son goes to Vail Christian High School. She donates her studio for practices and her expertise and choreography skills are amazing.”

Junior McChesney and Woodworth also help choreograph dances for the team, along with representing the team and the entire community overseas on Dec. 26.

The dynamic duo has been earning money for the trip and the girls are still a little short on funds. To help them out this holiday season, call McChesney at 524-0221 or Woodworth 471-4231.

Woodworth says the girls have been putting in a lot of extra practice time for the competition and the upcoming winter season.

“We’re getting better and better and we are really getting close as a team,” she says. Ramunno agrees, adding, “This competition is a great opportunity to represent our school at the state level.”

The community will get a chance to see the “competition dance’ at a future home basketball game, where the girls dance at halftime. The first home game that the dancers will be performing at will be on Dec. 19 at around 8 p.m. (halftime of the boys’ varsity game) at Eagle Valley High School.

For a schedule of home games or for more information on this or other programs at the school, call 328-8960.

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