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Spanish teacher and event coordinator Renee san Naarden said it’s a unique opportunity for students to learn ballroom dancing and challenge themselves to do something outside their comfort zone. san Naarden said the event brings together the school community by including students of all backgrounds. She said since the competitors range from athletes to artLVWV, WhH HvHnW GUDwV HvHUyone.
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“It’s a challenge. It takes a risk,” san Naarden said. “I feel such a great pride for these students and the teachers.”
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“It’s fun and it’s nice to be back,” defending champion and senior Lance Gifford said. Gifford and his partner wRn WhH PLUURU EDOO WURShy last year. “I’m trying to defend my title. It’s very hard [ballroom dancing].”
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