Diamond Line: SMHS dance squad has had a successful season
Photo caption: State Champion Diamond Line Officers at the ShowMakers Texas State Dance Team Championships left to right Larissa Ybarra, Lauren Schweers, Mallory Swinney, Kerry Schauer, Kristi Schauer and Amanda Sladek.
The 2012-2013 San Marcos High School Diamond Line Dance Team, under the direction of Michelle Knight, had a successful contest season. The team competed in three major contests that were held in February.
At the Crowd Pleasers Hill Country Regional Showcase held in New Braunfels, the team took top honors and was named overall Grand Champions in the Medium High School Division.
The team earned 1st place in each dance category it entered. It was also recognized for the Best Jazz Routine of the Contest, and the Highest Scoring Routine of the Contest for their pom routine.
The officer line of Captain Kerry Schauer, 1st Lieutenant Mallory Swinney, Senior Lieutenants Amanda Sladek and Kristi Schauer and Junior Lieutenants Lauren Schweers and Larissa Ybarra were recipients of the Officer Grand Champions award.
Both the team and the officer line received awards for Technical Merit, Outstanding Technique, and Outstanding Choreography.
The Diamond Line Spirit Leaders, President Jenna Judkins, Lindsey Burton, Miguel Hernandez, and Kelly Murphy earned a 1st place award for their small ensemble. A large ensemble performed by the Diamond Line Company took 1st place as well. Lauren Schweers was named Second Runner Up in the senior division solo category.
Earning 1st place in the Duet category were Miguel Hernandez and Amanda Sladek. Elena Gonzales and Jenna Judkins earned 2nd place Runner Up in the Duet category. Miranda Doss, Emily Gonzalez, accompanied by Miguel Hernandez received 1st place in the Trio category. The Trio 1st Runner Up award was presented to Rebekah Bryan, Madison Gish, and Maddie North.
The team competed at the Showtime Metroplex Dance Showcase in McKinney where they were awarded Grand Champions.
The team earned 1st place in all five routines and received Judges, Sweepstakes, and Choreography awards.
The officer line received the Circle of Champions award. In a field of close to 100 entries, Diamond Line soloist placed five dancers in the top ten of the Senior Division. Amanda Sladek earned the 1st place award for her solo and received a $300 scholarship for her championship performance.
Solo finalists in the Senior Division included Miguel Hernandez, Lauren Schweers, Sarah Swann, and Mallory Swinney. Solo finalists in the Junior Division were Rebekah Bryan and Emily Gonzalez. Earning 1st place in the Duet category were Maddison Stovall and Sarah Swann, and the Diamond Line Company earned 1st place in the large ensemble category.
The contest season ended at the ShowMakers of America Texas State Dance Competition held at Texas State University. The team placed as 1st Runner Up in the overall Large Team category and earned Sweepstakes, Judges, Showmanship, Choreography, Precision, Technique, and Entertainment awards. They received Best in Category 1st place for four routines and a 2nd place for one routine.
The officer line was awarded State Champions and Line of Champions awards. The Spirit Leaders earned 1st place and State Champions for their small ensemble and the Company earned 3rd place in the large ensemble category.
Emily Gonzalez was a solo finalist in the 9th-10th grade division. Earning 2nd place were the duet of Stovall and Swann, and the trio of Doss, Gonzalez, and Hernandez.
The award-winning team invites the public to attend its annual Spring Show on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at7 p.m. at the SMHS Performing Arts Center.
This year's theme is "Diamond Line Around the World.Special performances include the SMHS Jazz Band, the Goodnight Middle School Dancing Stars, and the Miller Middle School Dancing Diamonds.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the SMHS Dance Studio or at the door the night of each performance. Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-10 and children 3 and under are free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.