Young dancers and GU Gold sparkle

<p>Elementary level girls, winning first place, were, front from left, Paige Lupien and Rhea Mead; back, Torie Coalwell, Summer Keith and Marissa Smith.</p>

PENDLETON – The Grant Union High School dance team took first place in competition Saturday, Feb. 25 at Pendleton.

They took a score of 67.2 – the highest average that coach Shannon Adair has seen given her team in many years.

The five-member elementary level dance squad from Body, Fitness and Dance also claimed a first place in the competition. Performing “Love You Like A Love Song,” they were up against two other teams in their division.

“They haven’t ever placed like that before, and I’m proud of them,” said Adair.

The junior high school level dance group from the area, Junior Gold, took fifth place in the dance event. They performed to “Tea Party,” from the “Alice in Wonderland” soundtrack.

Of the Grant Union Gold, Adair said she received many compliments.

“We received some really great scores, that score was higher than last year at state, and we still have room to continue to grow,” she said.

“The score was the highest we’ve gotten in a long time,” Adair said.

The highest score from the judges was a 76.

“We have a huge opportunity to take advantage of the overall score,” she said. “We just have to clean up the routine, the timing, so many little details.”

Adair said, “It’s always the challenge for the teams to make it as clean as possible, and to make the spacing and alignment and formations perfect on the floor, so that all the dancers look like they’re going somewhere in a logical pattern.”

Grant Union Gold is preparing for competition this Saturday, March 3, at Sprague High School in Salem.

That’s the last competition before the Oregon State Activities Association Dance & Drill State Championships, which unfold Wednesday-Saturday, March 14-17, in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Also on the schedule for the Grant Union dancers is their Spring Dance Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the Grant Union Junior-Senior High School gym.

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