Philomath — The transition between category and traditional season is a long one, with dancers being off from December 4th until January 29th. The time off might seem extreme for most, but it is the perfect preparation for squads as they transition, practice, and perfect their routines for the main stage season that ends at Oregon City High School in March. On Saturday, competition fired back up down in Philomath with eight teams competing in the Philomath Traditional Competition. With teams competing in the Show, 6A, 5A, and 4A-1A categories, there was plenty to watch on Saturday.
In the Show category, Clackamas blew away the competition and came away on top, finishing with an outstanding rating for their performance. In a close battle for second, Rex Putnam came away with runner-up over West Linn, edging out the Lions on the score sheet but both picking up excellent ratings for their performances. For the smaller schools competing, Valley Catholic and host Philomath were close for the top spot in their category, but it was indeed the Valiants who prevailed over the hosts, scoring slightly higher than Philomath but both receiving outstanding ratings on the day. Grant Union would take third in the 4A-1A category, picking up an excellent rating for their performance. With West Salem and Corvallis being the lone competitors in their classes they both won by default, with the Titans picking up a good rating for their performance, while Corvallis came away with an excellent rating.
With COVID and district by district spectator rules, the larger competitions are harder to find than in past years. However, it was a successful start to a month-plus long pursuit to the Dance/Drill State Championships in March up at Oregon City. The Canby Festival of Dance is next up the slate, scheduled for next Saturday up in Canby, home of the defending state champions in Show.