January 25, 2019

Top Ten: The best from 1A state dance

Thirty Class 1A high school dance teams from around the state descended on to Grossinger Motor Arena in Bloomington to compete a championship state trophy.

Twelve squads performing hip-hop or lyrical routines advanced to Saturday's championship round.

Morris finished the first day of competition with the best score from the judges with a 93.22. The other 11 teams competing on Saturday will be Clinton, Joliet Catholic Academy, Burlington Central, Montini, Highland, Centralia, Villa Grove, Genoa-Kingston, Unity, Jacksonville, and St. Anthony.

Here is a look at our favorite photos from the small school competition.

Montini dance team
Members of the Montini dance team perform during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The squad can now take aim at winning a state title after qualifying for the finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Genoa-Kingston dance
A member of the Genoa-Kingston dance team performs a leap during her squad's routine. The team will compete again on Saturday for a shot at this year's state title. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Somonauk dance team
A member of the Somonauk dance team performs during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


A member of the Unity dance team performs with her team during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The Rockettes advanced to Saturday's title round. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Aurora Central Catholic dance
A member of the Aurora Central Catholic dance team performs leap during her team's routine. Despite a very good performance, the squad failed to advance to the finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Villa Grove Dance Team
A Villa Grove Dance Team fan competes in the Dad's Dance-Off during a break in the action at the 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The Devilettes were one of a handful of Hip-Hop teams that advanced to Saturday's finals. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Pinckneyville dance team
Members of the Pinckneyville dance team perform their routine for the judges on Friday. The team failed to qualify for Saturday's championship round. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Burlington Central dance team
Members of the Burlington Central dance team perform a leap during 2019 IHSA Competitive State Dance Finals. The squad advanced to Saturday's finals as one of the top 12 teams in Class 1A. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


January 25, 2019 - Bloomington, IL - Members of the Rich East dance team perform their Hip-Hop routine. They did not advance to the finals on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Centralia dance team
Members of the Centralia dance team perform to a Jackson 5/Michael Jackson inspired routine. Their routine, which nearly took down the house, earned a top 12 score and a spot in the championship round on Saturday. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



See more photo coverage from Friday's semifinal competition here.

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