Beamer dancers win school's first trophy


Sports editor

Todd Beamer High’s doors won’t even open until September, but Federal Way’s new $44 million school will have to make room for some hardware.

The Titans’ dance team, coached by Julianne Davies, picked up a pair of first-place trophies last weekend at a Universal Dance Association camp at the University of Puget Sound.

Beamer won for the best home routine and first place in superior performance. A home performance is a dance choreographed specifically for the competition at the UDA camp and Beamer’s superior performance award was for the best all-around performance of dances learned at the camp.

“It was one of the top camps in the nation,” Davies said. “And we got two pretty nice sized trophies, so the trophy case will be nice and full.”

Beamer’s performance at the UDA camp qualified them for the national dance championships in Florida. The January competition will require some “big-time” fund raising by the team, according to Davies.

The team practiced three times a week for two hours to get ready for the camp, working on a hip-hop routine choreographed by Davies.

The Beamer team, which includes 11 girls and one boy, was chosen during an audition process in April. They will perform during football and basketball games during the school year and compete in other competitions.

Members include freshmen Kelsey Sparks, Alexandra Herndon, Kimberly Mayovsky, Samantha Easley, Sharde Bullard, Debbie Goff and Brooke Summerfield, sophomores Eddie Washington and Jenny Park and juniors Jenna Summerfield and Kirsten McMurphy.

The Beamer Titan sports programs will officially get underway at the end of next month. The football team will be the first to start fall practice on Aug. 20. Cross country, volleyball, swimming, soccer, golf and tennis will start up a week later.

The football team is allowed to start turnout a week early because the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association voted this year to allow teams to play one more game during the season.

Football will be the only sport not to participate in the South Puget Sound League South Division. The Jeff Housman-coached Titans will play a non-league schedule against Class 1A, 2A and 3A schools for at least one season because Beamer will have no seniors on its roster.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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