Charisma Blues attend first competition of year

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Socorro High School dance team Charisma Blues participated in their first dance competition on Dec. 14, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: The Socorro Warriors’ Charisma Blues dance team performs for the crowd during the first Warriors home basketball game on Dec. 3. The team, left to right, back, Rhiannon Salazar, Giovanna Rosas and Esperanza Perez; middle row Alondra Gomez and Deanna Blair; front row, Adrianna Griego attended their first competition on Dec. 14 in Albuquerque.

“They did very well,” Coach Rebecca Vega said. “They were competing against 4- and 5-A schools.”

Vega took over coaching the SHS dance team in mid-November, after their former coach, Jenelle Partridge resigned earlier in the fall.

“We’re scrambling a little to catch up,” Coach Vega said during practice before their performance at the first Socorro Warriors home basketball game, “but I think we are ready (to perform).”

The Charisma Blues performed during the Warriors Homecoming football game in October but were unsure if they were going to compete. The girls are now enrolled in the competitive program.

High school dance competitions are sanctioned through the New Mexico Athletic Association, under the “spirit” category. The NMAA state spirit competition is open to all NMAA member high school competitive varsity dance teams. Only one varsity team may represent a school, so not both a dance and a cheer team can compete.

Dance teams are required to perform two routines — one “pom” routine, and their choice of a “military,” “jazz,” or “hip hop” routine. The score for each routine is the average of five judges’ scores, with any deductions for errors subtracted. Two daily scores are added together to arrive at the team’s final score.

In pom routines, poms poms must be utilized for at least 80 percent of the routine. Teams may not use props. Important characteristics of a pom routine include synchronization and visual effects, including proper pom placement and dance technique. The characteristics of the second dance routine vary depending on the type of routine they perform. All include an emphasis on synchronization and choreography.

The Charisma Blues must compete in a minimum of three competitions in order to qualify for the state competition.

Watch the “Upcoming games and meets” schedule for competitive performance dates and locations. In the meantime, you can watch the Charisma Blues perform at select Warriors home basketball games.