11: 50 a.m.
As dancers from other schools scattered around the rally court to eat their lunches at noon, the Marquesas sat in a circle outside the wrestling room. P.E. dance teacher and Marquesas coach Dasha Plaza joined the dancers as they ate the food, some of which was donated by local restaurants and some of which their parents had cooked.
Afterwards, they returned to get ready for the remainder of their performances, stopping to take a selfie or two along the way. Li says that competing at MVHS is nice, since the team doesn’t have to worry about things like navigating another school’s campus.
“At other schools, were like searching for the locker rooms and stuff,” Li said. “And I think MVHS has really nice facilities. Dance team always says it’s really funny because the lights at MVHS are really bright and then at other schools it’s dark, so when we’re at MVHS, it doesn’t feel like a competition.”
The top ten soloists who will be performing their solos a second time, are announced — Li, Liu and Huang are all part of the top 10.
The Marquesas perform their hip hop routine, “Still Feelin’ It.” The upbeat routine placed third in the medium hip hop division and qualified for opens at Nationals.