Cougarettes win big at regionals

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By Madison Kitch

One, Two, Three, Cheese!/ Grinning triumphantly, the Varsity Cougarettes pose for a picture after they win. The Cougarettes won first place in two competitions, Jazz and Pom. Photo courtesy of Amanda Arroyo

The Cougarettes won in two sections at the Regional Dance Competition at Green Valley High School on Saturday, Feb. 1. The team competed against over nine regional dance teams from Nevada and California, placing first in the Jazz and Pom categories.

“We had a lot of extra practices leading up to the competition,” junior Amanda Arroyo said. “We always stayed focused and that’s what helped us be our best at the competition.”

Although the girls won the competition, it wasn’t without obstacles. Many members of the team were sick or injured. One dancer, sophomore Alexa Farber, dislocated her knee during a routine, but the team still won first in that section. 

“It wasn’t a hard competition,” Coach Breanna Emigh said. “It was a rough competition, it was crazy.”

Nonetheless, the dance team persevered through their routines. The team as a whole won a special award for Best Choreography in their jazz performance. Dancers sophomore Rylie Waldron, Farber, and junior Danika Humphries also won in various solo competitions. 

“I’m always proud of them, no matter what they do,” Coach Emigh said. “Every time they come off the [dance] floor I’m proud of them for just getting through it.”

The Cougarettes will be competing in the National Dance Alliance competition in Orlando, Florida on March 6-8. They will be competing against teams from across the country.

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Madison Kitch is a sophomore and the entertainment editor for “The Roar.” This is her second year on staff, and she is excited to continue gaining experience and making new relationships. She enjoys hanging out with friends, but values her time alone more than anything. She also enjoys writing, reading, baking, and filming. Her favorite shows are “Euphoria,” “Black Mirror,” and “That 70s Show.” Her top three movies are “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Empire Records,” and “The Princess Bride.” She doesn’t know where she wants to go to college yet, but she knows she’ll love it, no matter what.