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Meet the Winners, See the Sights from the 9th Annual Dance Challenge

Martin Marino’s 9th Annual Dance Challenge proved to be well worth the wait. Originally scheduled for April 15, severe weather postponed the much anticipated event to April 29. Parents and other supporters still filled the Pontchartrain Center to cheer on over 320 elementary school students as they competed in a variety of dance styles. Students from 19 Jefferson Parish Public Schools took part in what is the state’s only public school ballroom dance program. Scroll down to see this year’s winners or click through the photo gallery.

Couples Dances

SALSA

  • 1st Bissonet: Lakeya Reuben  & Issac Lopez
  • 2nd Schneckenburger: Malik Elrod & Jasmine Evir-Rodriguez
  • 3rd Butler: James Jackson & Breanna Banquer
  • 4th Marrero Academy: Joshua Griffin Ve’Breyon Becnel
  • 5th Gretna Academy: Andrew Arrillaga Olivia Buras

WALTZ

  • 1st Marrero Academy: Miguel Crossland & Haylee Crawford
  • 2nd Marrero Academy: Alex Nguyen & Mackenzie DeFatta
  • 3rd Hearst: Arnold Miranda & Morgan Calvert
  • 4th J.C. Ellis: Jocodi White & Tonara Gordon
  • 5th Bridgedale: Anthony Calamia & Deja Miller

TANGO

  • 1st Hearst: Ahmed Khan & Gabriella Cruz
  • 2nd Dolhonde: Jefferson Diaz & Katherine Lopez
  • 3rd Gretna Academy: Alex Kraus & Sofia Bosh
  • 4th Hearst: Jeremiah Caliste & De’lisha Carter
  • 5th Pitre: Jaden Newton & Lillian Lynch

SWING

  • 1st Dolhonde: Theodore James & Elliena Ingrahm
  • 2nd Butler: Jefferson Rodrigue & Meadow Powell
  • 3rd Dolhonde: Ethan Leger & Valerie Lugo-Ruiz
  • 4th Butler: DaWyne Tate & Samiya Green
  • 5th Bissonet: Christian Lumar & Gabriel Izahola

TEAM DANCE WINNERS

SALSA

  • 1st Harahan
  • 2nd Marrero Academy
  • 3rd Pitre

WALTZ

  • 1st Gretna Academy
  • 2nd Solis
  • 3rd Hearst

TANGO

  • 1st Dolhonde
  • 2nd Matas
  • 3rd Pittman

SWING

  • 1st Bissonet
  • 2nd Butler
  • 3rd Bridgedale