The award-winning Marana High School dance team, along with dance groups from all over Arizona, will perform Friday at the team’s 11th Annual Hip-Hop Show.
The event will consist of almost 20 dance groups performing about 35 dances, said Cyndi Barnett, group coordinator recruitment and mom to dancer Mariah Barnett.
“There is something different every time a new crew comes up on stage,” Barnett said.
Performers will include groups of boys and girls, ranging in age from 3 to 30 from dance studios, schools and crews.
“Everyone brings their own version of what they think hip-hop is,” said the Marana team’s coach, Kandace Hale. “It is a little bit of everything — you never know what you are going to get.”
Hale, who has been the Marana dance team coach for three years, said the annual show is a huge tradition at the school. It’s also good practice for the participating dance groups, which can use the performance as a dress rehearsal for upcoming competitions.
Anessa Rivera, 17, a member of the Marana dance team, has been dancing since she was 6 and started attending the annual hip-hop show when she was 9. Watching the performances motivated her, she said.
“The hip-hop show really does inspire people. For me, it did. So I feel like it does for a lot of people,” said Rivera, a junior. “It has always been a big dream of mine to be on” the team.
In addition to allowing dancers to practice and perform, the show raises money for the Marana team, which placed fifth in the National Dance Championship in Orlando last spring.
In order to make it back to the competition this year, the team is raising money through various fundraisers, with the hip-hop show being the largest. The event also will include a snack bar, team merchandise for sale and a raffle to raise money, Barnett said.
“This is the fundraiser that will help get all of the girls to Florida.”