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The Force be with you

Local competitive hip-hop dance team wins title in Baltimore

August 18, 2010
  • Front row, from left, Lainey Mentzer, Amanda Schroen, Carli Harris, Natasha Himes and Kaylianna Nalley. Back row, from left, Lauren Mann, Savanna Miller, Lauren Barber, Jenna Shirley and Erica Rippeon. Not pictured: Maryah Foulks.
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Magnum Force All Stars' open hip-hop dance team Velocity captured the grand championship title at the Cheer Tech Titan Championship in Baltimore on April 24.

Velocity, representing Magnum Force in the category of competitive dance, won its division taking first place in the open hip-hop category. Additionally, its overall score was the highest of all dance teams landing them the grand championship title.

Generally, teams are scored using criteria established by the U.S. All-Star Federation, which has helped standardize the cheer/dance industry. However, every event has the option to impose different criteria to determine scores and rankings. Teams are judged on difficulty, technique, precision of formation, along with subjective categories such as overall impression and choreography.

Magnum Force All Stars, under the direction of Vivian Vega and Natasha Himes, has worked extensively throughout the community for the last seven years developing athletes of all ages.

The coaches say sportsmanship and team unity are important to their squads.

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Magnum Force is gearing up for the 2010-11 season. Athletes of all ages and abilities are eligible to participate on one of the established teams. For more information, call 301-305-0816 or go to http://www.magnumforceallstars.com.

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