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CCHS dance team starts competitive season off with wins in both categories that they competed in last Saturday

PHOTO COURTESY OF AMANDA ESTES AND THE SPARKLES DANCE TEAM
 - The Crook County High School Sparkles dance team poses with the two plaques that they earned at the Rex Putnam Fall Festival of Dance, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 2 at both Rex Putnam and Clackamas high schools. The Sparkles scored well enough in both catagories to qualify for the DDCA Dance and Drill category championships, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Crook County High School Sparkles dance team came away from their first competition of the season with a pair of first-place finishes.

The Sparkles won the hip hop and novelty dance categories at the Rex Putnam Fall Festival of Dance competition on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Although sponsored by Rex Putnam High School, portions of the competition were held at Clackamas High School.

"The Sparkles competed in a Dance and Drill Coaches Association (DDCA) competition for the first time in our program history," head coach Amanda Estes said. "The Sparkles have been working on these routines since August. We danced 19 girls on the floor, the largest competition team we've ever had."

The Sparkles scored 37.77 points out of a possible 50 points in the hip-hop division, edging Parkrose, 35.90, Rex Putnam, 35.13, and Estacada, 30.07.

The Sparkles scored even higher in the novelty category, posting a score of 40.67, while Centennial was second with a score of 39.03.

More important than the victories is that any score higher than a 34 qualifies teams for the Category Championships, which will be held later this season.

Other category winners at the competition were Stayton in Contemporary and Jazz dance, Centennial in pom, Sweet Home in kick and Liberty in modern dance.

There are DDCA dance competitions on Saturday, Nov. 9, 16, and 23, with the Dance and Drill category championships scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 at a yet to be determined site.


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