With Elizabeth Barkhurst in the foreground, Valley Catholic’s Charisma Dance Team gives the state-title winning performance in March at Memorial Coliseum. (Courtesy Valley Catholic)
With Elizabeth Barkhurst in the foreground, Valley Catholic’s Charisma Dance Team gives the state-title winning performance in March at Memorial Coliseum. (Courtesy Valley Catholic)
BEAVERTON — With only three seniors and plenty of new faces, Valley Catholic’s Charisma Dance Team expected this to be a building year. Instead, they soared during a perfect season that ended with a state championship.

 “To help build a team with so many new teammates and still live up to Charisma’s expectations is incredible, and we owe it all to the team’s hard work,” senior dancer Caterina Jardini said after the team’s winning performance at Memorial Coliseum March 17.

For Charisma, winning has become a tradition. Since Jessica Anderson became head coach and choreographer in 2007, Valley Catholic has won seven state championship titles and four silver medals. Anderson and Megan Hoffman, a member of the first Charisma Dance Team, have been co-coaches since 2008.

“No matter how many times we win, it brings back the emotions from the first win,” said Anderson. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team this year. They’re such hard workers.”

Before competing at the state championships, Charisma’s performance of their routine “The Night Orchestra” earned first-place awards at Philomath, Stayton, Parkrose and Liberty dance competitions.  

 “We’re not just a team, we’re a family,” said Jardini, who was named to the dance All-State Team. “I’m going to miss spending time with these amazing girls.”

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