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Coed Varsity Dance Winter · Bearden dancers say dedication, leadership were keys to winning national title


Bearden’s dance team took home its first ever UDA National Championship this weekend, along with their best finish ever in jazz.

Bearden placed first in large varsity pom and fourth in large varsity jazz. Both were Bearden’s best finishes ever in each respective category.

This national championship was the Bearden athletics department’s first team national championship since boys soccer claimed the 2002 title.

For seniors, closing out their Bearden dance careers with a national championship was a perfect ending to their four years.

“I have loved growing up with this team,” senior Shaylie Rutherford said. “Each year is a different group of girls, but at the end of the day, each team is fighting for the same goal.

“When they announced us first for pom, our hearts exploded and I felt so proud and honored to not only get to be a part of such a talented and loving team, but to be one of their seniors and leaders.”

Added senior Gracie Benevicz: “Winning a national championship for the first time in Bearden dance history is an indescribable feeling. Knowing that our hard work, passion, and determination was shown through our dancing to the judges is amazing.

“The team this year was so dedicated to making this happen, and we are all so proud to be large varsity pom champions and even more proud to be a Bearden Bulldog.”

Many of the underclassmen on the team look up to the seniors and believe their leadership helped them to win this championship.

“Coming in as a new athlete to the team, I was welcomed with open arms and acceptance,” junior Taylor Tarquin said. “The seniors helped guide me to make sure I knew everything from camp, football sidelines, state, and nationals.”

Added junior Chloe Anders: “We had amazing seniors this year, and they really led by example.”

Watch highlights from the season and their historic trip to Orlando on this week’s episode of BBN News, which will be posted to beardenbark.com later today.