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Auxiliary competes in West Coast Elite dance competition

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The auxiliary and co-ed dance teams participated in their first competition of the season at the West Coast Elite Dance competition hosted at Rancho Bernardo High School on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The Drill Team was awarded second place in the Small Military Division. Letterettes placed sixth, and Twirl placed third in the Open Prop Category. All Male was awarded third in the All Male category, while All Female was awarded fourth place in the Small Hip-Hop Category.

All teams have competed in the West Coast Dance Elite Competition before, along with United Spirit Association (USA) and Miss Dance Drill Team for those under the advisory of auxiliary advisor, Twyla Tarkington.

“One thing that was different was competing against Twirl in the open category,” said Andrea Ferreria, senior and member of Letterettes. “Twirl usually has their own division and we didn’t want to compete against our own school.”

Some groups believe they could only do better in their following competitions.

“Seeing other teams practicing and competing next to us motivated us even more to push myself as well as the team to do even better,” said Chandler Cariaga, senior and captain of the All Male dance team.

Other groups learned something new from their experience and noted some things for improvement.

“I learned that my team needs more practice in front of a crowd so they can get used to the feeling of performing in front of others,” said Emylyn Tanglao, senior and captain of the Drill Team.

For now, the teams will be practicing their routine to make it sharper and cleaner for their next performances.

“Rancho Bernardo was our first competition of the season,” Ferreria said. “We have two more coming up.”

The auxiliary teams will be competing in another competition on Jan. 27 at San Marcos, as well as one in April at Six Flags.

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