Concord High School dancers win top national competition

Concord High School’s dance team competed against professional dance studios from all over the country and brought home the gold.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:29 a.m.

A local dance team took home top honors this week at a national dance competition.

Concord High School’s dance team traveled to Orlando, Fla., for a weeklong dance convention and national competition organized by Tremaine Dance.

Competing against professional dance studios from all over the country, the Concord team won first place for its performance of “Triumph” in the Senior Group Hip-Hop division, earning 297 out of a possible 300 points. Director Stephanie Pairitz said the performance also earned them the award for “Best Overall Showmanship”.

The team also took second place in the Senior Open Division and third in Senior Production Hip-Hop, and recent grads Diamond Burdine and Eugenio Lara placed second for their performance of “Fireset.”

Burdine earned first runner-up in the national freestyle competition, and Concord dancers Lara, Katrell Jemison, Bedan Ngugi, Shimmy Sar and Ethan Shank also made the top 20.

Sar won first place in Tremaine’s regional freestyle competition in Chicago in March.

Here’s a video of some Concord Dance team members rehearsing a Concord’s Best Dance Crew number.

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