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During this past 2018 season, the Alhambra High School Dance Teams and All Male Squad competed in eight competitions around the Southern California area in eight different dance categories.
With the ending of another successful competition season in the history books, the Alhambra High School Dance Teams and All Male Squad have already started preparing for their next 2019 season.
After May tryouts held following the Annual Stage Show, June and July are another beginning of the long trek to competition season that begins in January.
It is a daunting task — training and conditioning four days a week throughout the summer break in the heat — but the triumphs and losses of the 2018 season motivate.
Dance Co-Captain and now Alhambra High School graduate Angela Au reflected on a truly amazing season: “The past dance season will remain as one of my most cherished memories. Every single member was a crucial part toward our success and for that, I am grateful. All their hard work and dedication along with the irreplaceable memories and opportunities this team has provided me will not be easily forgotten.” Ms. Au, along with Co-Captain Kelly Chan, were both instrumental in coordinating the entire team’s efforts.
During this past 2018 season, the Alhambra High School Dance Teams and All Male Squad competed in no less than eight competitions around the Southern California area in eight different dance categories. Scheduling the eight competitions within a four-month period was a formidable process (the paperwork alone kills an acre of trees), but the planning of the routines, choreography and placement of dancers, and the various costumes, makeup, and sometimes props proves to be a student-driven effort. Wait, did we mention the students need to rest on some Saturdays? In a way, the team follows the Common Core Standards for dance.
Each competition proves to be a grueling 12 or more hours a day ordeal, especially when each member is dependent on the other. One person takes charge of editing, remixing, and burning all of the music mixes for each category prior to the ”comps.” This year, senior and also graduate Ethan Dunning took on this difficult task.
“Mixing music is always daunting,” Mr. Dunning said. “But it’s a labor of love. It takes countless drafts to make one perfect mix. Luckily, seeing everyone’s reactions to a good mix and hearing the final product makes all worth it in the end. The entire process is a team effort from start to finish.”
In addition to dancing itself, the grueling process creates friendships and bonds and individual growth. All Male Captain Kobe Lu, also a recent graduate, reflected on his time on the team: “Dance definitely made me a better person by giving me a sense of responsibility and maturity as well as space to just take out all my feelings.” Mr. Lu, like many of the squad members, joined the team as a freshman to gain more experience.
This year, the 2018 season began in mid-January at West Covina High School and continued with Miss Drill Street Dance and then at West HS, Glendale HS, and Glen A. Wilson HS, culminating with Miss Drill at UC Irvine and California Association of Dance Team Directors State Championships at Edison High School. At Miss Drill, Alhambra won the championship banner for its Small Female Hip Hop routine, and at State, Alhambra was given the Sportsmanship Trophy. It was indeed a very good year.
Thanks to Ms. Au, each team member now has a memory yearbook of the year. They definitely have much for which to be thankful. Time for the next season.