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:
- Class X Pom at 8:03 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena
- Large School Hoopla at 10:18 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena
- 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.