Dolls place at National Competition

Special to the PRESS

Bottom, left to right: Kyla Mata, Alexandra Ferrone, Elizabeth Rodriguez and McKenzie Puckett. Middle: Natalia Baldovinos and Nadia Baldovinos. Top, left to right: Carolina Guevara, Caitlyn O’Leary, Charisma Valdez, Gabriella Murchison, Olivia Solis and Mya Whittington. (Courtesy Photo)

The realization of a dream come true came to fruition as 12 members of the Derry Elementary dance team “The Derry Dolls” traveled to Disney World to participate at the University Dance Alliance National Competition.

The competition, which is affiliated with the National Dance Alliance, was held February 5, in Orlando, Florida and had over 100 dance teams competing for the coveted first place trophies.  The Derry Dolls which consist of third, fourth and fifth grade students competed in two separate dance competitions:  Pom and Jazz, placing fourth and seventh respectively.

The Derry Dolls competed with seven private (non-affiliated with a school) dance troupes and were the first dance squad to ever qualify as a public elementary school team.  The Derry Dolls qualified for Nationals in the summer after attending a UDA Summer Camp.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Feb. 17 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or click the PRESS link on the homepage.

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