Battlefield dance team at Dance Champs competition

Battlefield Dance Team prepares for county competition

Heather Trobridge, Author

The stage is set for the BHS Purple Reign to do well at this upcoming competition. The girls will be competing in five categories at the Prince William Country Dance Champs competition; Hip-hop, jazz, kick, pom, and officers. Last year the girls had a great season, placing 1st in hip hop and variety, 2nd in Pom and kick, and 3rd in the officer’s dance. The girls have had months worth of practices, between performances at football games, and have been preparing since July.

The 26 strong team has their work cut out for them to beat stiff rivals Garfield, Patriot and Woodbridge, and new school Colgan, but the team members are confident. Senior Savannah Gaillard is ready, stating that the whole team is determined to win, “Nobody wants to lose.” She said “Our team as a whole, [is] really good at pulling through and we’re pretty solid on all the dances we just need to review it and clean it, everybody has the determination to win, so by the time we get to dance champs I’m pretty sure we’ll come up on top.” With all of the dances, Gaillard added that weekly practices and videos of the choreography have been a big help this year, “We’ve been taking a lot of time to review the details as specific and as clean as possible.” For her, getting the “W” is a big possibility because of the team’s hard work.

New to the team, freshman Madi Greene is excited for her first competition. “I think it’s going to be a really good experience!” She stated. Greene believes that the team has very good odds of doing well, and is excited to compete against the other schools.

Coach Melissa Golden has been there with her girls, every step of the way. “We have worked very hard in preparation for this year, but it is all about how much we bring our A game the day of the competition.” She stated “This year injuries have required us to change up formations for many of our routines.” However, Golden is optimistic, saying that “Dancers have been working hard to practice as much as possible and we hope to do as well as we can this year with our great choreography.” Mrs. Golden, and her co coaches, Brooke Golden and Melissa Cook are very proud of their girls for everything they have done this year, along with their positive attitudes and preparation for the big day.
The team’s hard work payed off, placing second place overall in the competition, and placing 1st in Pom, and 2nd in jazz, hip-hop, officers, and kick. The girl’s are not done performing yet; you can still catch them performing at every home basketball game this upcoming season.