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3/28/2012 10:37:00 AM
Valley Catholic dancers win third straight championship
Valley Catholic photo by Joseph Cramer
Seniors Leah Klaas and Molly Hoffman of Valley Catholic perform in dance championship.
Valley Catholic photo by Joseph Cramer
Seniors Leah Klaas and Molly Hoffman of Valley Catholic perform in dance championship.

BEAVERTON – It was nearly 11 p.m. before the Charisma dancers heard what they’d been waiting for all season. But finally, as their theme music played over the sound system at Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum, the dancers knew they had just earned another state championship.  

Members of the 2012 Charisma team are: Norimi Funatsu, Captain Molly Hoffman, Karina Jaroch, Captain Leah Klaas, Danielle Lomartire, Captain Patricia Nguyen, Mariah Stokes, Serena Stoiantschevsky, Captain Clarissa Tolan, and Naoko Yamawaki. The team is coached and choreographed by Jessica Anderson and Megan Hoffman.

Anderson says the team's performance at state competition was their best of the year. She called it "magical."

The team danced to “The Lonely” by Christina Peri and “Stay” by Jorane.
“We rocked the house this past week. I couldn’t have asked for a better team,” said senior captain Leah Klaas.

The Charisma dancers become the first team in their 1A/2A/3A division to earn three consecutive dance championships since the OSAA instituted the six-class system in 2007, and become the first three-peat team among the small classification schools since Santiam did so in 1993-1995.

The Charisma will lose seniors Hoffman, Klaas, and Stokes to graduation and Norimi Funatsu and Naoko Yamawaki will return home to Japan. Anderson knows the team has to start from scratch but is excited, bursting with ideas already.

“Being on dance team gives these student athletes an opportunity to express their creativity, challenge themselves to set and achieve goals and learn life lessons,” said Anderson.  



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