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Reagan dance and drill shine at competition

Reagan Showmakers 2014

The Reagan Dance & Drill team celebrate their state championship at the Showmakers of America competition.

The talented dancers of the Reagan High School Dance and Drill teams just completed another very successful competition season. Their season began with a group of varsity dancers heading to Orlando, Florida for UDA Nationals where they finished as semi-finalists in Kick (1 point away from making finals) and .7 of a point away from semi-finals in Jazz – out of 69 other schools. Taking their first trip ever to UDA Nationals, all supporters are proud with how well they did.

After a short break the team headed to Austin for the American Dance and Drill Lone Star State Championship where they finished with team awards of Sweepstakes and Gussie Nell Davis Award (teams receiving a 90% or better in at least 3 dances) and Best of the Best (one of the top scoring teams in the competition). They also took home 1st in Pom, Lyrical and Military and 1st Runner Up in Kick. They received awards in Best Technique, Choreography, Presentation and Precision and best of all Highest GPA 3.69 – showing they are just as smart as they are talented.

There were 3 solo finalists – Marisa Martin (3rd Runner Up), Katherine Guerra (4th Runner Up) and Courtney Kiolbassa (5th Runner Up) out of 29 solos in our category. There were also 2 duet winners – Courtney Kiolbassa/Kathryn Kiolbassa (1st Place) and Courtney Kiolbassa/Katherine Guerra (1st Runner Up).

The very next weekend the team went to San Marcos for the Showmakers of American State Championship where they won top judges awards in all 4 categories (Pom, Military, Kick and Lyrical) such as Outstanding Showmanship, Choreography, Technique and Precision. In team's size category they also won 1st place in all 4 categories and Best Overall Entertainment for Pom, Military and Lyrical, Creative Costuming for Pom and Military, Line of Champions (top scoring teams of the competition) and 1st Place Team State Champions in the XL Category (the State Championship was awarded to the highest scoring team per classification based on the teams’ highest 3 scores).

There were also 2 solo finalists – Courtney Kiolbassa and Katherine Guerra (who finished in 2nd place out of 81 solo dancers in the 11th – 12th grade category). For duets Courtney Kiolbassa and Katherine Guerra took 2nd and Courtney Kiolbassa and Kathryn Kiolbassa took 3rd. In Large Ensemble the UDA Kick won 2nd and the UDA Jazz won 1st.

MA Dance

The team celebrates after earning first place at the MA Dance and Drill Competition.

For the team's last competition of the season they headed to Boerne on March 1 for the MA Dance San Antonio Regional Competition at Boerne-Champion High School. The dancers showed once again that they were there to win by taking home the top award of 1st Place Overall – they had the highest total score of all the teams! They also won Choreography, Technique and High Point in Pom, Military, Lyrical and Kick and Best in Class. In the Large Ensemble class the Diamond Dancers and the UDA Jazz tied for 1st Place and the UDA Kick took 1st Runner Up.

In the Duets the Reagan girls swept the category with Courtney Kiolbassa/Katherine Guerra in 1st, Courtney Kiolbassa/Kathryn Kiolbassa in 2nd and Ashton Hampey/Katelyn O’Sullivan in 3rd in the 9 – 12 class. The team of Angela Kraus and Karlie Burrell took 1st in the 7 – 9 class. In the solos 9 – 12 Katherine Guerra took 1st Place and Courtney Kiolbassa took the 3rd Runner Up award. What a way to end an amazing competition season!

Reagan dance and drill team supporters are so proud of this amazing and talented group of young ladies. Their hard work and dedication were well rewarded this competition season. Many thank you's were given to all the parent volunteers that worked so hard to support these girls and above all, a big thank you was given to outstanding director Val Sisson.

Posted on April 4, 2014