BGEC’s Bobcat Dancers win awards at state contest

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Thursday, February 15, 2024

     Bob Graham Education Center’s Bobcat Dancers won awards at The American Dance Alliance State Dance Competition

     On Jan. 27 at the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, the team of 27 dancers performed 17 routines, a release from the school said. 

     Girls from middle and elementary grades received accolades for their performances. Lauren Cancela and Kristina Vilches placed third for their duet in the middle school competition. Elementary soloist Isabella Diaz received second place and Mia Perez took third place. 

     A trio of elementary dancers won first place for their group dance. 

     Middle school students received first place in open group routine, second place in lyrical dance and third place in a jazz performance. 

     Bobcats in the elementary division won third place in the hip hop category, fourth in jazz and fifth in lyrical dance. 

     “Overall, they had an excellent experience and an opportunity to express their love for dance,” the school said. 

     Shown in the photo are the Bobcats, back row from left: Kristina Vilches; Brooke Chavez; Allison Crespo; Isabella Howell; Victoria Vazquez; Julia Espaillat and Annette Reynaldo. Next row: Ana Ortega; Sophia Pardo; Allie Padron; Zoe Jones and Savannah Covin. Middle row: Luciana Rendon; Jasleen Alvarado; Alyssa Fernandez; Daniella Devarona and Valentina Perez. Seated on the sidewalk are: Isabella Diaz; Andrea Gonzalez; Allison Vigoa; Lola Gonzalez and Gianna Lapargada. In the front row are Mia Sotolongo, Lauren Cancela and Kelsea Covin.