Torrey Pines dancers tops at nationals

The Lyrical Team: from left, Janelle Wen, Perry Katz, Caylee Shimizu, Tara Aftahi, Alyssa Wright, Kelsey Richards and Maddie Tencer.
The Lyrical Team: from left, Janelle Wen, Perry Katz, Caylee Shimizu, Tara Aftahi, Alyssa Wright, Kelsey Richards and Maddie Tencer.

In a first for the school, Torrey Pines High School dancers recently brought home the winning trophy from the USA Spirit and Dance/Drill Nationals in Anaheim.

Torrey Pines dancers beat a field of 21 teams to win the “Small Lyrical” category in the open division. Costumed in pink dresses, the seven-member team interpreted music by the Canadian duo RyanDan.

For another school record, the team’s Witches of Oz dance placed third in the “Small Jazz” category.

“Last year, our lyrical and jazz teams were at the bottom of this competition; now they’re at the top,” said Sarah Kaye, dance team director. “Our plan is to stay there.”

The Torrey Pines Dance Team is led by director Sarah Kaye and Coach Michael Langford. Last year, the duo led Torrey Pines to a second-place finish in the “Large Character” category – the school’s best-ever finish at the time.

Members of this year’s lyrical and jazz ensemble include Tara Aftahi, Perry Katz, Kelsey Richards, Caylee Shimizu, Maddie Tencer, Janelle Wen and Alyssa Wright.

“Torrey Pines has great sports and academic programs,” Kaye said. “Now, our dance team has become a team to beat.”

Learn more about Torrey Pines Dance Team at

www.tpdanceonline.com

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