There are a couple of girls doing splits. One boy jumps into a hand stand and spins around. Another girl pirouettes in the corner.
When the director calls out to them, the students stop what they're doing immediately and huddle around her.
They're warming up for the parent preview,
For the first time since director
It's what they've worked for all year, said Pairitz, their goal as a team.
"Their heart is so devoted to dance, and they do amazing things because of it," she said.
Recent Concord graduate
"Regionals isn't that hard," said
The kids do fundraisers to pay for the trip and Pairitz applies for scholarships for them. No one gets left behind because they can't pay, Pairitz said -- this is a team experience.
Nationals is what they've worked for all year, said Pairitz, their goal as a team.
"It's more than just the dance program," she said. "It's life experience and bonding as a team."
"I don't want to get a real job, that's boring," he joked. "I worked at McDonald's already, it sucks."
Lara also made jackets for the entire team. He free-handed each dancer's name on a denim jacket, graffiti-styled, with colors to match their personality.
He and teammate
But first, they have to get through the national competition in
The competition in
"The program is designed to provide the students with extremely difficult goals," director Pairitz said. "And my experience is that humans actually like that. If you give them a huge challenge, they will tend to rise up and meet the challenge."
Students will learn jazz, ballet, hip-hop and lyrical dance from nationally-recognized teachers and choreographers like So You Think You Can Dance all-star tWitch.
"I like dance because it helps me be free, express what I want, creativity, everything I like about myself," Sar said.
The boys say
"We rattle back and forth about who's the better team," Burdine said.
Last time the two teams competed, he said,
"We'll feel very accomplished as long as we compete and get a close score to them," Burdine said.
Pugh shrugged off the rivalry, not as invested in challenging
"We're just gonna let it be and put it on the floor," she said. "We'll show them what we have."
They're getting exposed to top-level dancers at the Tremaine convention, she said, and she believes it will show the students their own potential.
"I want them to see dancers that are better than them," she said. "And I want them to be inspired."
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