The Batavia Junior Varsity Dance Team wins big at the first ever TeamDance Illinois (TDI) JV Championship on February 13, 2011 at Argo High School in Summit. The 18 member team was top “Dawg” at the contest by placing 1st in the Open Pom and 2nd in the Hip Hop categories among participating Division II schools.
Batavia JV team advanced their dances to the championship by winning placement at the Lincolnway Invitational in January. The team attended five regional TDI contests and ranked in the top 3 of the JV category for both routines at 4 out of 5 competitions. All the teams that attended the JV Championship scored in the top 30% at regional competitions during the season. Previous to the conception of this new Championship, the JV team has competed in the “Elite Eight” JV Championship every year for the past four years.
In addition to competitions, the team performs at BHS Sophomore football games, Sophomore basketball games, and other special school/community events. Dance team members are Kalah Anderson, Riley Balogh, Melody Byrum, Claire Carlson, Megan Connolly, Chanelle Gibson, Lucy Hilliard, Gabrielle Isom, Michelle Jones, Celia Kaiser, Sona Kaul, Shannon Okland, Danielle Smarto, Samantha Spengler, Amber Strandlund, Samantha Torres, Amber Tousana, and Savanna Unterberg. BHS graduate, Rebecca Bombard is in her 3rd year of coaching the JV team.
Both the JV and the Varsity Dance Teams will be performing at the second annual Books vs. Badges Benefit Basketball Game on Sunday, February 20th at BHS. All proceeds support Batavia’s 4th of July Fireworks. For more information on the Batavia Dance Team, please visit www.bataviadanceteam.org.