KI Dance Team state champs

Members of the Kent Island High School Dance Team display their many trophies from the state championships. From left, top row: junior McKenzi Zador, junior Gabby Pfeifer, senior Vanessa Galeano, senior Maddie Zador, senior Myana Boardley and Coach Erin Connolly; bottom row: sophomore Kylie Levasseur and senior Carleigh Thomas.

STEVENSVILLE — Kent Island High School’s Varsity Dance Team brought home another state title after competing at the Mid Atlantic Pom and Dance State Championships on Saturday, March 16. This is the team’s second consecutive state win.

After an extremely successful season, the team concluded its last competition by receiving three out of three place state titles. They received first place in Lyrical (Division II, Small), first place in Pom (Division II, Small) and first place in Jazz (Division II, Small).

Captain Gabby Pfeifer received a first place Captain award for her performance in Pom, and Captain Vanessa Galeano received two first place Captain awards for her performances in Lyrical and Jazz.

It was also the second consecutive year that the Kent Island High School Dance Team received the Sportsmanship Award. This is awarded to one team throughout the entire division that demonstrated a positive attitude throughout the entire season and practiced appropriate conduct and appreciation to other teams during the events.

Kent Island also received another top honor by taking home for the first time the title of Runner-Up Grand Champion for their Lyrical routine (choreographed by Coach Erin Connolly and Captain Gabby Pfeifer). This is awarded to the team who scored the second highest routine throughout the entire division.

Coach Erin Connolly said she would like to thank all of the families and friends for their support to the dancers throughout the entire season and give a huge thanks to Michele Nooney who has acted as assistant coach and constantly supported the girls.

“The season would not have been as successful without any one of the dancers on the team, and they will definitely miss their four graduating seniors next year.” Connolly said. Tryouts for next year’s team will be at the beginning of the sport season in August for upcoming ninth to 12th graders.

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