Fairfield Warde repeats as Hip Hop state champions

FS-HIP-HOPFairfield Warde’s dance team took home the first place trophy for Hip Hop in the Large Team Division at the state high school dance competition in Hamden. This was the third year in a row Warde has won the top prize. The team’s fast-paced, acrobatic dance routine brought the crowd to its feet and cheers erupted in the gym as the dancers performed moves in sync to the rhythmic music.

The frequent stunts and coordinated action constitute a unique style that only a few other teams have attempted to match. One is Branford, which has a friendly but spirited competition with Warde. Branford took first place in Hip Hop in the Small Team Division.

Coach Jennifer Kealey has coached the team for a decade, and under her leadership Warde has become a powerhouse in state and regional Hip Hop. She mixes the music, picks the costumes, choreographs the routines, and trains the team to perform. It takes months of practice to make the team ready.

The team is paced by senior co-captains Devin Hall, Jessica Robbin and Molly Hamilton.

Hall said, “Our team is incredibly fortunate to have Jen as our coach. She inspires us to put everything we have into whatever we do, on and off of the dance floor.”

Robbin pointed out the the importance of performing the kip ups, headsprings, and other stunts: “The execution of our skills is difficult, yet rewarding,” she said. “When we hit the moves, our team stands out.”

Hamilton stressed teamwork: “We all have to work together to make it flow.” She said. “If it’s not tight, it’s not right.”

Juniors Rachel Goodman, Mia Hermsen, Bridget Coyne and Marina Green turned in strong performances and vowed to continue the winning tradition at states next year.

Sophomores Sarah McIlroy, Maiya Keitt, Bella Menta, Dea Ferguso and Natalia Morawski looked impressive and gained confidence honing their talents successfully competing for the top prize.

Freshmen Emily Haithwaite, Victoria Hermsen and Jordan Parsons brought great enthusiasm and skill to their first experience at high level competition.

While the judges were adding up the scores, all the teams of dancers went out on the floor and danced to the “Wobble” and other line dance favorites. The dancers were happy: the judging was over and they could dance for the fun of it.

Then all the dancers sat down and waited in circles by team, holding hands and praying.

The girls from Warde became intense with hope and worry when Warde was not announced as the third or second place finisher, and then they erupted in joy when their first place finish was proclaimed.

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