On Dec. 14, dance teams competed at the West Coast Elite Portland Regional at Milwaukie High School.
The competition allows dancers to compete as soloists, elite groups (2-5 dancers) and teams. West Coast Elite, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., offers regional competitions in California, Oregon, and Texas.
Tigard sophomore Jamie Toda gave a stellar performance to earn first place out of 29 dancers in grades 9-12. In 2018, Toda placed fourth overall in the solo competition. Coming into the competition, her goal was to beat her 2018 finish.
“I love West Coast Elite because it allows us to compete solos in such a supportive environment,” Toda said.
Toda originally trained as a gymnast and made the transition to dance at age nine. She currently dances with the performing company at Westside Dance and Gymnastics Academy and is a second-year member of the Tigard Tigerettes. After high school, Toda hopes to dance at the collegiate level.
Toda and her teammates went on to earn on an impressive list of accomplishments at the competition. Tigard won three of five solo divisions, placed five soloists in the top eight of the finals, won three team divisions, earned two of the top five overall placements and was awarded Best in Contemporary, Best Showmanship and Grand Champions.
- 9th Grade: Tyler Zoe, Tigard
- 10th Grade: Jamie Toda, Tigard
- 11th Grade: Ashlyn Miller, Tigard
- 12th Grade: Sayeh Sanaee, Lake Oswego
- Improv: Kaitlin Sandall, Stayton
Top 8 Solo Finalists (all grades):
- 1st – Jamie Toda, Tigard
- 2nd – Sayeh Sanaee, Lake Oswego
- 3rd – Ashlyn Miller, Tigard
- 4th – Kaitlyn Sandall, Stayton
- 5th – Samantha Vaughn, Tigard
- 6th- Jocelyn Christison, Stayton
- 7th – Natalie Xiong, Tigard
- 8th – Lily Morris, Tigard
Division Awards, First- Place:
- Contemporary – Glencoe
- Jazz – Tigard
- Hip Hop – Southridge
- Elite (2-5 dancers) – Stayton
- Character/Open – Tigard
- Pom – Tigard
- Kick – Union (WA)
Top 5 Placements (all routines):
- 1st Place – Tigard’s pom routine
- 2nd Place – Southridge’s hip hop routine
- 3rd place – Tigard’s jazz routine
- 4th place – Union’s kick routine
- 5th place – Stayton’s elite routine
- Grand Champions – Tigard
- Hip Hop Champions – Southridge
- Best in Contemporary – Tigard
- Audience Choice – Milwaukie’s pom routine
- Best Choreography – Southridge’s hip hop routine & Union’s kick routine
- Technique – Glencore’s contemporary routine
- Best Showmanship – Tigard’s pom routine