Beginning this school year the Parkdale’s dance team has rocked their way through competitions, bringing home trophy after trophy!
The Diamond Dancers have competed against teams across the DMV area, including schools from PG and Howard County, at the Mid-Atlantic Pom & Dance Association.
At the competition on February 2, held at Atholton High School in Columbia, Parkdale’s dance team walked away with both first and second place awards. The captains, both varsity and JV, received first place in Band Dance Open competition, and each team placed second as a whole. Additionally, varsity won first and second place in the Lyrical Open for captain and whole-team, respectively.
Just weeks later at Fairmont Heights on February 19, Parkdale varsity captain senior Loel McKinnies took home the first place honor in Band Dance.
In addition to competitions, the Diamond Dancers were also a part of the PG Parks and Recs Black History Month event where they picked an HBCU to represent and chose Southern University. The team received an award for their participation.
The teams are led by McKinnies and Shamari Burgher who have helped Ms. Berryman, the coach, lead the team to multiple victories.
Diamond Dancer senior Arianna Minns is not only thankful for the trophies they’ve won as a team but also for what dance has done for her personally.
“I’ve always been a really shy person and dance has really opened me up,” Minns expalined. “It shows the outgoing, the creative side of me, the sassy side of me. I do believe dance is a part of who I am, [and] I’m able to show a different side of me.
Ms.Berryman has taught her girls about the true art and form of expression dance has on a person.
“I think that the dedication and the creativeness and their will to want to do better, proves that they are a force to be reckoned with,” she said.