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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Highlands Dance Teams Place High Nationally

Highlands Places Fifth in Hip Hop Finals


The Highlands Varsity Dance Team partook in two Large Varsity categories at the National Dance Alliance Nationals competition in Orlando on Saturday.

They wound up placing fifth in the Hip Hop Finals on Sunday out of 14 teams that advanced. A total of 24 teams participated in the preliminaries on Saturday.


The pom preliminaries took place Friday against 23 teams. Out of the 15 teams that advanced, Highlands finished 11th. The Finals took place on Sunday and the team finished 10th.


Contributed Photo. The Highlands Dance Team participated in the NDA Nationals over the weekend.
Highlands Principal, Matthew Bertasso, even showed up to surprise the team in Orlando to watch them perform in person. 

Varsity TV gave an in-depth breakdown of the performance:


Large Varsity Hip Hop is one of the most competitive and entertaining divisions at the 2019 NDA National Championship. It has long been known for its elite skills and top to bottom talent, the crowd is guaranteed an afternoon full of show-stopping routines.

Highlands High School treated the audience to an imaginative, hair-raising performance that will stick in their minds long after the competition. 

From the moment the team floated onto the floor, stretching and yawning in unison to set, every detail was carefully crafted to pull the crowd into their hallucination.

But the real highlight of their weird and wonderful world was the sharp execution of formations and surprise choreography elements—clowns, serpents, spiders and more. 

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