PHS Pulse Dance Team to compete Friday in state contests

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The PHS Pulse is composed of dancers, front row from left, Macie Mosher, Sierra Newton, Lindsey Oblea and Shelby de la Cruz; second row from left, Natalie Guardado, Kyla Mckenzie, Nubia Torres, Jasmin Gonzalez and Maria Izquierdo; third row from left, Rubi Hernandez, Marielena Ramirez, Leslie Ramos, Beyonce Gonzalez and Jaqueline Cresencio; fourth row from left, Cindy Truong, Emma Stika, Aubree Tasler, Claire Southward and Evelyn Chavez. Not pictured is Sarah Vaughn. Photo courtesy PCSD

The Perry High School Dance Team, the PHS Pulse, will be among 24 college dance teams and more than 150 high school dance teams to compete Dec. 5-6 in the Iowa State Drill Team Association (ISDTA) 44th annual Iowa State Dance Team championships at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

The PHS Pulse will compete in three events Friday, Dec. 6:

  1. Class X Pom at 8:03 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena
  2. Large School Hoopla at 10:18 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena
  3. Class VI Hip Hop at 6:07 p.m. in Hy-Vee Hall

Teams are divided into classes based on school enrollment, and they earn points for choreography, execution, difficulty and showmanship. The dance teams are judged by industry professionals from across the U.S. Competition categories include pom, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, military, kick, hoopla, light, novelty, prop, color guard, all male, co-ed and show production.

Students members of the PHS Pulse include Evelyn Chavez, Jaqueline Cresencio, Shelby de la Cruz, Beyonce Gonzalez, Jasmin Gonzalez, Natalie Guardado, Rubi Hernandez, Maria Izquierdo, Kyla Mckenzie, Macie Mosher, Sierra Newton, Lindsey Oblea, Marielena Ramirez, Leslie Ramos, Claire Southward, Emma Stika, Aubree Tasler, Nubia Torres, Cindy Truong and Sarah Vaughn.

The PHS Pulse Dance Team is coached by Head Coach Faye Southward, Assistant Coach Lyndsey Buhrman and Volunteer Coach Rachel Rothmeyer.

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