HHS Dance Birds win grand champs, going onto Nationals


Julia Luhn

The Varsity dance team meets up together for a lunch before leaving for Nationals.

On Saturday, February 26, the Highlands High School Dance Program came out with a bang and wowed the judges with their energy. The teams competed at KDCO State in Louisville, Kentucky. 

After competing all day against talented teams, the Varsity and JV Birds finally placed 1st.

Senior Megan Greene said, “It was a lot of fun. We had done our two dances before so we were really confident about it and we were just able to enjoy it and have fun while performing.”

At the Varsity level, HHS placed first in Pom and Hip Hop while also winning grand champs, which the girls were hyped about.

“Winning grand champs felt really good, I was proud of the girls,” said Freshman Morgan Herald.

Like Varsity, JV also got first in Pom and Hip Hop.

“I’ve won every year [at nationals] so it felt good to win my last year and go off on a good note,” said Greene.

The Birds were excited to get another chance to do their dances before going to nationals. One of HHS’s key elements in doing well at competitions is their theme. 

“We’re always good at storytelling. Highlands always has the best theme,” said Senior Lucy New. 

Although JV’s season is over, the team will still be home rooting for their fellow HHS teammates. 

The Varsity team has been working hard and are getting ready for nationals; cleaning their routines during their practices that they have multiple times a week. Their practices often last 1-3 hours depending on scheduling. 

“I’m really excited about nationals and feel good about it because of how much work and dedication our team has put into our dances,” said Freshman Ella Cunningham.

Tuesday, March 1, the team performed both of their dances for their friends and families to make sure they looked perfect. After that, the team had a sendoff in front of the HHS gym.

The varsity team will perform at NDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida for the finals on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6.