Hearts in Motion

All the teams in the Hearts in Motion dance event gather on the floor before the competition starts at Pendleton High School Saturday.

Pendleton High School was packed Saturday as the school hosted its 30th annual “Hearts in Motion” dance competition.

The event featured elementary, middle and high school teams from Grant Union, Hermiston and Pendleton high schools, with junior teams from Pendleton and Hermiston.

“Usually there are about 30 to 40 teams,” said Ashleigh Bolling, a senior and one of the Pendleton dance team captains.

The competition includes several categories, including jazz, hip hop and contemporary. The high school teams typically perform their state routines. The state competition is March 17.

Bolling said the team puts a lot of effort into planning the event.

“Yesterday after school we set up, and the dance team was here at 5 a.m. this morning to practice,” she said. “Throughout the day, we each have a certain team we’re in charge of.”

The day was also special for Pendleton High’s senior dance team members, who were honored at the beginning of the competition. This year’s seniors are Bolling, Diana Cisneros, Daysha Denight, Dania Lario, Diana Panduro, Celina Ramirez, Abby Rinehart, Allison Savage and Madison Shay.

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