Dance team wins state title

The Needham High School Dance Team finished its season strong by winning the Winter State Dance Championships in Lowell last Sunday. The state title is the third that the team has taken home in four years. The girls performed an original jazz routine to the music of Whitney Houston and Aerosmith. There were 12 teams competing for the title. Twenty-four girls compete on the dance team, which is coached by Paula Callanan. Ten are seniors, taking home their third state title in their high school dance careers. It’s been a banner year for the team. The girls performed at Gillette Stadium in December when the Needham High School football team went to the high school super bowl. They also performed at the NCAA Orange Bowl in Miami in January. All the choreography is original, put together by former team member Alex Stravropoulos, whose younger sister is a team captain this year. - Evan Allen