Several Paperdolls headed to London

Published 7:31 am Friday, July 8, 2016

Four Paperdolls and their coach will celebrate the beginning of 2017 in London, England.

Seniors Darilyn Lee and Amani Riveara, along with juniors De’Auvia Brown and Tionne Brown, were selected to perform across the Atlantic and will be participating in a few events from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2.

“All four of the girls are talented in their unique way,” coach Chad Harry said. “I wasn’t surprised they were chosen because of how hard they work at practices at BHS. They have a desire and want to take dance to the next level.”

While in London, the four will be performing at a parade and a concert, and they will be working with children in the area, teaching classes on dancing.

Harry, who is going on the trip, has been coaching the Paperdolls since 2009. The group is Bogalusa High School’s dance team.

The Paperdolls, which have seven members, went to camp at LSU from June 28 until July 1 and competed in Universal Dance Association Camp. The team received superior ratings on all four routines they performed. Superior rating is the top rating.

They performed a home routine, which is one the team makes up on its own. Then there were three dances they that were taught during the camp and which the dancers then had to perform later. The Paperdolls received superiors on all of those, as well.

Harry, who is also the school’s band director, said he feels the camp at LSU will help the team out a lot.

“I think it’s going to help us out tremendously during the season, because we were able to get different genres of dancing,” Harry said. “A lot of the dances they were taught were extremely difficult. The dances they were taught will push them to the next level.”

Four of the girls were eligible to try out for the American All Stars, and all four qualified. Harry said the four were selected because of the superior ratings by the team and their academic standings.

Harry said that 10th through 12th graders and those who have been on the dance team for at least a year are eligible to try out for All Stars. The team also features two freshmen and they have a participant who is in her first year with the team.

“That’s the whole reason I do what I do, so they can get different experiences like seeing the world, doing what they love,” Harry said. “I think that’s what any teacher wants, their kids to get the opportunity to do different things.”