Rebels 'dominate' the dance floor


Watch | The MAU dance team does one of their hip-hop routines at halftime.

BENNINGTON — Kates Gym was abuzz Saturday night with more than a hundred dancers looking to propel their team to the top spot at the annual "Dominate the Dance Floor" competition, hosted by Mount Anthony.

Seven schools participated, led by South Burlington, who won in both its disciplines — pom and jazz — to take the overall championship.

MAU competed in the jazz and hip-hop division in the competition, grabbing second place in hip-hop and fourth in jazz.

"The girls came out with a lot of energy and did a good job in both routines," said MAU dance coach Erica Cummings. "I think the girls felt a little bit of ownership with it being our home event and all, so they brought all night long."

The Patriots finished fourth overall in the competition.

First place overall went to the Seahorses of South Burlington, who impressively finished in first place in both the pom and jazz divisions of the competition. Finishing in second place for overall team performance was the Burr and Burton Academy dance squad.

The Bulldogs edged out MAU for first place in the hip-hop division with their epic dance moves and placed third in the pom event of the competition.

Colchester also had a great night on the dance floor at the event, finishing in second place in both the jazz and pom division, which got them to place third overall.

Middlebury, Springfield and Missisquoi rounded the seven high schools competing at the event, by placing fifth through seventh respectively in overall team performance at the competition.

In the JV ranks, the order of finish was South Burlington pom, BBA hip-hop, BBA Jazz, Middlebury Jazz, Middlebury hip-hop, MAU hip-hop and MAU Pom.

"I'm very happy with the results and that the team was able to come together on the dance floor, which is big for us moving forward," said MAU senior dancer Weslyn Blair. "We really brought it today and that's what I'm most proud of."

Saturday's event marked the last 'Dominate the Dance Floor' competition for Blair, who is the only senior on the MAU dance squad.

Blair admitted it was very emotional that it was her last home competition at MAU, but that she is very excited to see how the team progresses the rest of the season.

MAU will have two more competitions before the Vermont State competition in February.

"I was very pleased with how we performed today, but we still have to work on some things for states," Cummings said. "States is a whole different animal, so we just have to continue to grow as a team and hopefully will be in great shape come February."

The Patriots' next dance competition will be at South Burlington next Saturday at 1 p.m.


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