Grant Union Gold will present Spring Showcase Friday

The Grant Union Gold dance team sports their costumes for state competition at Saturday's Thurston Dance Competition.

The Grant Union Gold dance team will hold its annual Spring Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School’s new gym.

A taco feed fundraiser for the team will start at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The taco dinner is $5 a person, with 6 and under free, and the Spring Showcase admission is by donation.

The event is the team’s kickoff to OSAA Dance State Championships held Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, in Portland.

In past years, younger dancers from Body, Fitness & Dance joined in the program. However, this year, they will hold a separate event.

Grant Union Gold, with 14 team members, will present three routines as a team, as well as smaller group and solo performances, which the dancers have choreographed themselves. The grand finale will be their presentation of their state routine set to the song “Rise” by Katy Perry.

“The more times we can perform in front of an audience the better, because it increases their comfort level,” said head coach Kattie Piazza.

She said performing for the home crowd is especially rewarding.

“We, as a dance team, feel supported by the community, so anytime we have a chance to give back, we like to take those opportunities, and performing is one of the ways to show that,” she said.

The team will leave Grant Union March 15 for state.

“Being able to share all the hard work and everything we’ve put into the dance with the community is just a great feeling as we head off to our toughest competition of the season,” Piazza said.

Grant Union competed Saturday at the Thurston Dance Competition, taking second. Marshfield, the only other team competing in the 4A/3A/2A/1A division, took first.

“We improved our scores and had some great feedback from the judges to further prepare us for state,” Piazza said.

At the first round of state competition, the top 50 percent in each division will move on to round two.

“The team continues to improve each time they perform, including how they move together as a team on the floor,” Piazza said. “They continue to improve in how they dance the choreography and their ability to stay in sync.”

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