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South Brunswick Dance Team off to Fast Start

Squad excels in Ramapo and at home at the Battle of the Northeast.

With its competition schedule not starting until last weekend, the South Brunswick High School dancers were the last team at the school to start the winter season.

It certainly didn't take them long to make an impact.

Competing at the Ramapo Invitational and at home , South Brunswick came away with seven team titles. South Brunswick also added a second as a team and two individual championships.

"We felt great, but we were definitely exhausted at the end of the weekend," South Brunswick Coach Regina Boudwin said.

In its first competition of the year, South Brunswick earned three team titles at Ramapo on Saturday. The South Brunswick varsity (Black Team)  was first in jazz and second in pom. The JV (Gold Team) was first in pom and jazz.

"It was a good way to start the season," Boudwin said.

The members of the Black Team are Daphne Donnellean (senior), Kayla Allen (senior), Cassie Yeung (senior), Rebecca Arroyo (sophomore), Heather Briody (freshman), Zoe Finkelstein (freshman), Caite Ignall (junior), Sami Orokos  (sophomore), Mackenzie Rice (junior), Gianna Rosamilia (junior), Starr Vega (freshman) and Christina Trautwein (junior).

The members of the Gold Team are Kimberly Reed (senior), Doug Arouh (junior), Jackie Bell (freshman), Jamie Dellapa (freshman), Sidney Fiorentino (sophomore), Anna Goldin (junior), Lexie Hohmeier (sophomore), Morgan Johnston (sophomore), Hannah Martin (sophomore), Danielle McGregor (sophomore), Danielle Siegel (sophomore) and Kaitlin Swierczek (sophomore).

After getting what rest they could after a busy Saturday, these dancers were back in action at home on Sunday for the Battle of the Northeast.

"The Battle of the Northeast is our favorite local competition," Boudwin said. "A lot of people can't make it to see our other events. It's nice to be able to dance in front of so many familiy members and friends. The crowd support is amazing. It helped drive us through the competition to a great finish."

The South Brunswick varsity won the pom and jazz titles. The South Brunswick JV won the pom and jazz titles.

In addition to winning both categories each team competed in, South Brunswick was also recognized on Sunday for having the best team choreography in varsity jazz.

In individual competion, South Brunswick was also very successful. Cassie Yeung won the senior soloist category. Heather Briody was first among the junior soloists.

"It was a pretty amazing weekend," Boudwin said.

For more ways than just winning.

"The competition (Universal Dance Association) that hosts the Battle of the Northeast also hosts the Nationals (in Florida)," Boudwin said. "The fact we did so well is very encouraging as we build up for the Nationals."

There will be a lot of build up for Nationals, including action in the Barnegat Invitational on Saturday. According to Boudwin, every competition is unique and helps make the team better.

"Barnegat is a new competition," Boudwin noted. "All of events have different judges. It's great to be able to compete so often at so many different events. We have many eyes watching and judging our routines. That way we can get a lot of feedback to help us prepare for the National competion."

Thus far, South Brunswick is off to a great start.

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