Torrey Pines dancers win big at nationals

CARMEL VALLEY — Torrey Pines High School dancers won trophies in every category they entered at the end of March at the United Spirit Association 2014 Nationals & Championships in Anaheim.

Varsity dancers competed in the championship division, where they captured a third-place trophy for their large hip-hop routine. In other finishes, medium hip-hop took a second-place; medium lyrical won a third-place trophy, X small dance finished third and small dance finished fifth.

“I am so proud of our dancers,” said Sarah Kaye, Torrey Pines dance director. “Some of our dancers had very little experience before joining our program. Now they are competing at a very high level. That really says a lot about their talent, dedication and hard work.”

Varsity dancers competing last week included: Jackie Antoun, Delaney Baril, Meaghan Baril, Heejun Chough, Emma Conger, Megan Corgan, Delaney Douglas, Austin Edwards, Edward Fang, Maura Friedlander, Audrey Gompf, Brianna Haire, Megan Hermer, Andreana Izotov, Margaret Izotov, Lauren Kent, Josh Kim, Nurie Kim, Jenny Kwak, Ben Larchet, Julia London, Sarah Ludington, Kelsey McMullen, Brenda Mejia, Jaqueline Park, Serina Patel, Katie Qian, Ashley Ramirez, Erin Ross, Alex Shearer, Declan Sullivan, Madison Tencer and Narumi Watanabe.

The junior varsity team was represented by:

Madison Clagg, Samantha Griffith, Christine Li, Madeline Lim, Claire Norma, Elana Roberts and Kaitlin Tiernan.

During awards ceremonies on Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center, an earthquake caused the bleachers to tremble and overhead lights to swing shortly after the announcer identified the Torrey Pines team.

“You could say our performance was earth-shaking,” Kaye said.

The dance program at Torrey Pines High School serves nearly 260 students at all levels. Kaye runs the program with the assistance of Coach Anthony Rodriguez.

The year-end performance, Expression Session 2014, is set for June 7 at the Torrey Pines High School gym. To learn more, visit HYPERLINK “”

Links to videos from the competition, can be found at:

TPDT Small Hip Hop (JV) at 

TPDT Large Hip Hop (Varsity) at 

TPDT Bionic Atomic (Varsity) at
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