PALMETTO -- Both of the Palmetto Youth Center’s competitive dance teams won their divisions at the 2011 Cheer Jam, the Foundation for Youth Development (Pop Warner) “Best of the Bay Cheer and Dance Competition” last Sunday at Manatee County Civic and Convention Center.
The event drew competitors from around Tampa Bay.
Both the victorious Trojans Midget dance team (ages 11-14) and Junior Pee Wee dance team (8-11) advanced to regional competition Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando.
The Trojans Midget dance team, coached by Monica Maps and dressed in dramatic costumes, performed a complicated and precise routine.
The Junior Pee Wee dance team, coached by Daina Mitchell, performed a three-minute synchronized dance routine.
Two other Trojan teams too young to compete, the Tiny Mites and Mitey Mites, coached by Davisha Russell, also performed an exhibition.
n The Midget dance team members are:
Dimon Bundrage, Brittany Davis, Shavondra Davis, Tyla Fobbs, Ashely Freeman, Austi’ona Gissendanner, Taliyah Gissendanner, Alayna Hendriex,
Shikerria Jackson, Johnterrea Jones, Tyeasha Jones, Deon Robinson, Llyric Salter, Jatava Sanders, Shanques Simmons and Tina Stephens.
n The Junior Pee Wee team members are:
Ezharia Austin, Dar’kirra Blalock, Ja’niya Davis, Ja’nae Griffin,
Leiloni Hendriex, Se’Quoia James, Tane’sha Jones, T’erykah Lewis,
Patient Mapps, Shalia Mazion, Ash’lynn McDuffie, Brettney Mitchell, Mykiria Pate, Cierra Tharpe, Jelera Thomas, Taliyah Waiters and Marquiria Williams.
The teams have been practicing since August and the hard work is not over.
PYC staff members are also taking up fundraising activities and seek donations to help defray the cost of transportation and lodging for the Orlando competition.