Dance wins State Championships


Photo courtesy of JOHANNAH CHUNG

World Line, the varsity drumline, rehearses for their final competition in the ampitheatre

With competition season coming to a close, each Diamond Bar High School performing arts group has enjoyed  varying levels of success.

Dance finished their competition season strong, winning two state championships and placing in the Top 5 in all categories at the California Association of Dance/Drill Team Directors held in Long Beach.

Both Small Female Hip-Hop and Small Co-ed Hip-Hop won state championships. The girls’ group used throwback songs paired with a “hype” dance style while the co-ed group went with the theme of the “Magic School Bus,” using the theme song in the beginning before transitioning to hip-hop songs.

Prior to the Long Beach competition, the DBHS dance team competed at nationals in Florida at the Contest of Champions, as well as the West Coast Elite Dance at Esperanza High School.

“Each competition prepares them for the next one because we get feedback from the judges—we grow, we change, we progress—and that prepares us for the next one,” Simonson said.

Color guard also recently competed at Circuit Championships, with varsity winning in its division.

During competition season, the team competed at the WGI World Championships at Dayton, Ohio. Color guard performed to the theme “Red Riding Hood,” but from the perspective of the wolf.

Overall the team placed 21st, almost making it to the finals.

“I’m really proud because half of the team is new to varsity,” junior Nia Ignacio said. “It was kind of iffy at first, because there were so many new people, but in the end we had a really good season.”

In the music department, Drumline had a solid season, with World Line advancing to the finals round and placing in the Top 8 in the state.

Their show was about struggling with inner demons, fighting them and eventually conquering them.  

“We were still really close to a lot of the middle tier class of drumline and I think we can improve from next year,” junior Brenton Cai said.