Dance Pak has strong start to competition season
In the solo division, first year Kim DeBruyn took 3rd place in the Contemporary 19B category and second year Sacha Lank took 2nd place in the Contemporary 20 category. First year Jenn Taylor stole the show though, winning the Open category and a Judges' Choice award. Taylor finished as the 2nd overall Soloist in the outstanding division of 65 solos.
The team competed two numbers in the small group division (4-9 dancers). The Rams small tap group placed 3rd in the Small Tap 19 category despite a rocky performance and the quartet of Taylor, Lank, DeBruyn and third year Marlee Liss, won their Small Contemporary 19 category. The four girls finished a very impressive 4th overall in the division of 80 small groups.
The large groups (10-22 dancers) and lines (23+ dancers) took to the stage in the evening. The Rams finished 3rd in the Large Jazz 19 category and were awarded a Judges' Choice award for the innovative choreography by Taylor. The team then won the difficult Large Contemporary 19 category and were again given a Judges' Choice award, this time for their performance and commitment to the piece. The contemporary piece went on to take 5th overall in the large group division out of 55.
The competition concluded with the announcement of the six top teams. Each team's highest three group scores were added together for a total out of 300. After winning 1st overall team in 2014 and being shutout of the team overalls in 2015, the Rams were committed to doing what it would take to appear in the top teams in 2016. Their extra efforts were rewarded and with only 1.94 separating the 1st and 6th place teams, the Rams walked away as the 4th overall team out of the exceptional pool of 17.