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High school dance team honored

Sonoma Valley High School’s Dance Team won the varsity jazz division at the Universal Dance Association competition in Sacramento in December.

Sonoma Valley High School’s Dance Team won the varsity jazz division at the Universal Dance Association competition in Sacramento in December.

Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune Education Editor

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Sonoma Valley High School’s Dance Team won the varsity jazz division at the Universal Dance Association competition in Sacramento in December. Coach Meredith Regan (top left) received an award for best choreography. Pictured left to right, on the top row: Regan, junior Roxana Uribe, sophomore Emma Caballero, junior Milagros Mejia, sophomore Madison Raffaini, sophomore Sofia Williams, junior Mariana Garcia and senior Ishqa Rousseau. From left on the front row: junior Mireya Robles, sophomore Natalie Smith, senior Paige Giomi, sophomore Alondra Sanchez, junior Lizette Hernandez, sophomore Kylie Martindale, sophomore Kaylin Martindale and senior Zulema Perez. Regan offers beginning and advanced dance classes as well as training this team, which practices two days a week after school for two hours. In the dance elective, students develop technical skills in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, tap and ballroom. They study choreographic principles as well as technique and improvisation. Next up for the Dance Team is the Jamz Dance Competition.