[Corona ni Makeruna] Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan HS Wins First Ever Dance Championship

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Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan High School Dance Team (Photo: Yuka Sutani)

With a brilliant “Madonna”-themed dance, the Osaka Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan High School team danced to the school’s first victory in the “14th Japan High School Dance Club Championship, Small Class” category.

The national tournament, sponsored by Sankei Shimbun, Street Dance Association and Acecook, was held for two days this year starting Aug. 18 in Yokohama. It was Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan’s first-ever win.

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Winners of Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan High School at the 14th Japan High School Dance Club Championship (Photo: Yuka Sutani)

Team Hatsushiba Ritsumeikan’s winning performance showed the long pink skirts swirling in the dancers’ movements. In an interview with The Sankei Shimbun, Hikaru Iijima (17), captain of the group for three years, said she was satisfied with the performance. “We couldn’t train because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was tough at times, but I’m glad we did our best,” she said.

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Minoh High School Dance Team (Photo: Mizuho Miyazaki)

Minoh High School in Osaka was a finalist.

Excellence awards were given to six schools: Yurigaoka Senior High School (Kanagawa), Shijonawate Gakuen (Osaka), Jissen Gakuen (Tokyo), Kansai Ohkura Gakuen (Osaka), Yanagawa High School (Fukuoka) and Tokyo Metropolitan Komae High School (Tokyo).

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Tokyo Metropolitan Fujimori High School (Photo: Yuka Sutani)
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The Chukyo High School team (photo: Mizuho Miyazaki)

(Read the report in Japanese in The Sankei Shimbun on this link.)

Author: The Sankei Shimbun

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