Gold dancers hit state qualifying marks

<p>The GU Gold Dancers perform a routine choreographed by Shannon Adair.</p>

SHELDON –From the music of Grammy-nominated singer BT, to eye-catching gestures and projection, there was a little something for everyone as the Grant Union Gold dancers delivered a state pre-qualifying routine in Sheldon on Jan. 26.

The dancers, with colorful costumes and flamboyant face paint, performed intricate choreographies to earn 62.5 overall points. Their point total put them in second place, behind Amity, the arch rivals who defeated them in state last season.

The performances were evaluated by a pool of judges scoring the teams in three categories.

The Gold dancers received their highest scores in the “content” category, which included marks in choreography, staging, maneuvering and execution.

“We scored high in these categories, and this is what we wanted,” said head coach Shannon Adair. “It is easier to work on execution and overall effect than it is in content.”

Other categories were execution with subcategories of technique, alignment, spacing and precision, and overall effect with subcategories of projection and visual and audio repertoire.

The dancers will compete in four more competitions before the first round of the State Dance Competition dance-offs, starting on March 13. The Gold dancers will perform next at 9 a.m. Feb. 8-9 in Mollala.

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