Becker College Dance Team: Grand Champions
The Becker College Dance Team had a winning weekend, April 27 and 28. After their annual Dance to Make Difference Showcase to benefit the CASA Project of Worcester, the team traveled to Agawam, Mass. to compete in the Six Flags Thrill Jam, where they took home First Place for Division II Open Dance, Best Choreography, and Grand Champion honors. Part of their prize was complimentary entry in the upcoming U.S. Finals in Virginia Beach, Va.
The six-member Becker dance team competed against 14 other dance and cheer teams and earned 240 out of 300 points, 40 points more than their last competition, says Coach Lynn Koenig.
Coach Koenig speaks highly of the team. “They are a talented group with a great attitude,” she says. “Our choreographer, J’Quan Oliver, has been instrumental in creating our hip hop routines. I work to be sure that their spacing, precision, and energy are where they’re supposed to be; it is a privilege for me to work with them.”
This academic year, team members Krissy Girouard ’16 (Forensic Psychology); Andrew Jones ’16 (Graphic Design); Megan Koski ’13 (Veterinary Science/Veterinary Technology); Kimberly Luhcs ’16 (Criminal Justice); Oliver ’15 (Game Design/ Japanese); and Gabriela Alvarez Toro ’16 (Veterinary Science) performed in dance showcases at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University, Bryant University, the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester Afternoon of the Arts, and the Shrewsbury Street Shuffle, many of which donated proceeds to local charities.
“These students did not know each other at the beginning of the year,” said Coach Koenig. “At their summer dance camp they were voted the team other teams’ dancers wanted to be on. They have come together as a family, strengthened by Becker’s core values of creative expression and social responsibility, and ended the year better than we could have imagined.”