16 MCPS High Schools Participate in 23rd Annual Latin Dance Competition

Courtesy of MCPS

For the 23rd year, dozens of energetic high school dancers took the stage at the Music Center at Strathmore to represent their schools at the Latin Dance Competition on Nov. 21.


MCPS students, families and community members packed the theater to cheer for their favorites and celebrate Hispanic heritage. The event was organized by the After School Dance Fund, which works to build strong Latin dance clubs in MCPS and to support the academic and social-emotional success of students.

Students from 16 high schools participated–Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Clarksburg, Damascus, Albert Einstein, Gaithersburg, Walter Johnson, Northwest, Northwood, Paint Branch (first-time participants), Quince Orchard, Rockville, Seneca Valley, Sherwood, Springbrook, Watkins Mill and Wheaton. The winners in each category are listed below:

Junior Division

Cha-cha

1st Seneca Valley, Sensacion
2nd, Wheaton, Corazon Latino

Merengue

1st, Seneca Valley, Sensacion
2nd, Rockville, Ritmo
3rd, Paint Branch, Panteros Bailadores

Bachata

1st, Seneca Valley, Sensacion
2nd, Walter Johnson, Pasion Latino
3rd, Paint Branch, Panteros Bailadores

Salsa

1st, Seneca Valley, Sensacion
2nd, Walter Johnson, Pasion Latino
3rd, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Ritmo Latino

Jack and Jill

Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Springbrook

Parent/Student

1st, Seneca Valley, Sensacion
2nd, Rockville, Ritmo
3rd, Walter Johnson, Pasion Latino

Best in Show

1st, Seneca Valley, Sensacion
2nd, Rockville, Ritmo
3rd, Paint Branch, Panteros Bailadores

Senior Division

Cha-cha

1st, Gaithersburg, Sabor Latino
2nd, Quince Orchard, Juntos
3rd, Einstein, Titanes Salseros

Merengue

1st, Watkins Mill, OLAS
2nd, Gaithersburg, Sabor Latino
3rd, Clarksburg, Xtreme

Bachata

1st, Gaithersburg, Sabor Latino
2nd, Clarksburg, Xtreme
3rd, Einstein, Titanes Salseros

Salsa

1st, Einstein, Titanes Salseros
2nd, Gaithersburg, Sabor Latino
3rd, Clarksburg, Xtreme

Jack and Jill

Einstein and Gaithersburg

Parent/Student

1st, Einstein, Titanes Salseros
2nd, Clarksburg, Xtreme
3rd, Gaithersburg, Sabor Latino

Best in Show

1st, Gaithersburg, Sabor Latino
2nd, Einstein, Titanes Salseros
3rd, Clarksburg, Xtreme

Three program supporters also received community engagement awards:

  • Jorge and Jose Galvan, MCPS alumni, received the Trawick Inspiration Award.
  • Vilma C. Najera, principal at Watkins Mill High School, was given the Administrator Award for her support of the school’s Latin dance team.
  • Karla Silvestre, Montgomery County Board of Education President, received the Public Service Award.

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