The Glendale High School dominated at the 2011 USA Dance/Drill Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, winning six awards, including four first-place prizes. Glendale also recaptured the coveted co-ed title, its 12th win in the event in 13 years.
“It feels amazing,” said long-time coach Kelly Palmer. “Obviously we were most concerned with the co-ed position. We told ourselves going in anything else would be icing on the cake, but I don’t think we expected to get so much icing.”
The first place wins came in the junior varsity large military division, varsity small military and large military divisions, and the co-ed division.
This year, coaches and students dubbed themselves the “redeem team” after falling short of goals at the national competition in 2010. They produced an impressive season with the varsity squad recording 56 first-place and two second-place finished at nine competitions.
Much of the focus was on the co-ed event, which features a three-minute choreographed routine performed by 15 couples. Judges look for stunt work, floor patterns and chemistry. Glendale High has dominated the event, winning consecutive national titles from 1999 to 2009 before finishing third last year.