January 29, 2019

Nine teams win state dance trophies

Thirty-six dance teams, 12 per class, from around the state competed for a state trophy in one of three divisons at the IHSA Competitive State Finals on last Saturday.

Joliet Catholic Academy, who made their second ever state final appearance in program history, won this year's Class 1A title. The Angel Dance Team earned a score of 95.68 to rise above six-time qualifier and second place finisher Morris. Montini's Broncettes placed third taking home another state trophy to sit next to their third place award from 2018.

Lake Zurich's hip-hop routine won the Class 2A title beating Deerfield (2nd) and state dance perennial powerhouse Geneva, who finished third.

In Class 3A, Naperville North earned a score of 95.42 to win the Class 3A championship trophy. Stevenson (93.94) placed 2nd and Lake Park (93.72) finished third.

Here's a look at ten of our favorite photos from the championship round on Saturday.

York dance team member performs at state
A member of the York dance team performs with her team during the IHSA Competitive Dance Finals. The Dukes finished 8th in the final Class 3A team standings. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

St. Anthony dancer
A member of the St. Anthony dance team performs with her team in the Class 1A competition. The Bulldogs finished 10th. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Ben Reinkemeyer does a leap during Lake Forest's performance on Saturday. The Scouts finished in fourth place in the two-day competition. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Centralia dance team
Members of the Centralia dance team perform on Saturday. The Orphans' finished 4th in this year's Class 1A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Fenton dance team
Members of the Fenton dance team gather during their entertaining, zombie inspired hip-hop routine. The Bison squad finished 6th in the Class 2A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Lincoln-Way West dance team member performs with her team
A member of the Lincoln-Way West dance team gets her lean on while dancing with her squad. The Warriors finished 12th in this year's Class 2A division. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Mundelein dance team performs at state
A member of the Mundelein dance team performs with her team. The Mustangs finished 8th in Class 2A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Dancers from Maine South
Dancers from Maine South perform on Saturday. South finished 4th in Class 3A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Lake Zurich wins championship dance title
Lake Zurich dancers strike a pose during their routine. The Bears won this year's title with the highest score across three classes at 97.42. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Mundelein's Katelyn Ponce floats in the air during a leap. The Mustangs' dance squad finished 8th in this year's Class 2A standings. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

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