Crowning Moment

With routines taking place in California, Houston, Detroit and even outer space, the Royals and Rhythm Dance Company traveled to Vandegrift High School over the weekend to showcase their wanderlust at the American Dance Contest.

“We worked really hard the past few months to prepare for our contests,” sophomore Royal Colleen Gallagher said. “Our routines took place in different spots across the country, and it’s cool knowing that our theme and choreography brought something different to the table.”

The two teams took the past three months to learn choreography and clean a collection of seven team routines and three class ensembles.

“I was so excited to see what we could showcase at competition,” junior RDC member Emily Nobles said. “I truly love Rhythm, and this year’s team has been so hardworking and has put so much positive energy into our time together.”

The American Contest concluded the contest season for the two teams, but the dancers enjoyed the moments that came from it.

“Our first contest a few weeks ago was successful in many areas and this one was no different,” sophomore Royal Katlin Hernandez said. “I think the judges noticed how much work we’ve put into these dances. We walked out proud as a team, and I loved being able to spend another day with all the Royals doing what we love.”



5th runner up solo – Kaylee Spates

4th runner up solo – Sydney Castillo

1st runner up solo – Emma Steiner

1st runner up duet – Cierra Birmingham and Kaylee Spates

1st place duet – Angelina Barba and Nikolas Bermea

1st runner up medium ensemble – Sophomores

1st place medium ensemble – Juniors

1st place large ensemble – Seniors

Sweepstakes – Officer Line

Sweepstakes – Team

Judges award – Team jazz, hip hop, contemporary and production

Judges award – Officer jazz, contemporary and novelty

Platinum award – Officer Line

Platinum award – Team

Best in Class Officer Line

Best in Class Medium Team



Sweepstakes – Team

Judges award – Team hip hop and contemporary

3rd runner up JV team