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Estacada Youth RIOT and Junior RIOT Cheer and Dance program provide opportunities for young dancers

COURTESY PHOTO - The Estacada Youth and Junior RIOT Cheer and Dance teams have enjoyed their first season in town.

Members of two new Estacada teams danced their way to success during their first competition.

During the Pacer Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, the Estacada Youth RIOT Cheer and Dance team place second in their division, and the Estacada Junior RIOT Cheer and Dance team placed sixth in their division. More than 30 teams participated in the event.

Additionally, on Saturday, Jan. 25, the Junior RIOT Cheer and Dance team took second place during a competition at Newberg High School.

"We want to thank everyone who came and showed us support when we needed it the most. Thank you for making these kids dreams come true," said Coach Angelia Roberts.

The Estacada Junior and Youth RIOT Cheer and Dance Teams were founded last summer. Along with Roberts, the teams are coached by Jennifer Vandomelen and Sarahi Welton. Dancers from age 3 to fifth grade are on the youth team and dancers in sixth through eighth grades are on the junior team.

Members of Estacada Junior RIOT Cheer and Dance include Jazmin Sjaastad, Haley McDonald, Esther Hughes, Caitlin Finney, Selena Tzum, Samantha Peterson, Elliot Yost, Keairra Hamersley, Carissa Curtis, Adelle Erickson, Emma Stalcup, Mymy May, Izzy Maijala, Victoria Maijala, Kiaria May, Alayna Hernandez and Alexia Duran. Member of the Estacada Youth RIOT include Trinity Gerard, Avia Gerard, Layla Welton, Adalena Wislon-Dzib, Lauryn Connolly, Blake VanDomelen, Rynleigh Nuttbrock, Oakley Umphress, Misha Hughes and Maya Debord.

The teams have cheered at Estacada football and basketball games and will also be at the upcoming Night to Shine event at Estacada First Baptist Church, which will connect community members with special needs with a prom experience. Additionally, the teams will participate in a competition on Saturday, Feb. 1, at West Linn High School. The event starts at 9 a.m. and awards will be given at noon.

"A lot of kids love cheering for the teams and dancing," Roberts said. "It's great knowing there's a good program to help build up the high school team."

COURTESY PHOTO - Members of the Estacada Junior RIOT Cheer and Dance Team are pictured during a competition.

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