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The 7th annual Southwest Louisiana Colors of the Rainbow Team Match took place on Sunday May 3, at the Lake Charles Burton Colliseum. More than 250 fifth grade students participated in a beautiful display of dance and camaraderie.
Sixteen participating schools from SWLA highlighted their six best dance couples. In the first round, each couple showcased individual strengths by performing their “specialty” among the following dances: Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Swing and Tango and one alternate pair. For the second round, the couples danced to a randomly chosen style other than their "specialty".  Six judges rated the dancers ( Karen Estep, Mary Beth Huber, Reginald Larkins, Steve Leblanc, Edward Marsh, Meg Phar). The host of the event was Dalanne Babineaux, Program Coordinator and National Network Senior Teaching Artist.  After tallying the scores, three Gold medal, two Silver medal and two Bronze medal teams were announced for the Large Schools Division. In the Small Schools Division three Gold, three Silver and three Bronze medals were awarded.
The best overall large school team and small school team each received a special award:  The Rosette Award For Excellence

Following these events Dancing Classrooms State Championship took place. The six gold medalists competed for this award.

The results are posted below.

Match Results

    Small Schools Division

goldmedal     Dolby Elementary  Blue
     T.S. Cooley Elementary   Blue
     Fairview Elementary   Blue

silvermedal     John F. Kennedy Elementary  Blue         Ralph F. Wilson Elementary   Blue
     R. W. Vincent Elementary  Apricot

     Brentwood Elementary   Blue
     Episcopal Day School (EDS)   Blue
     T. H. Watkins Elementary   Blue

Rosette Award for Excellence

  blue Ribbon
    T.S. Cooley Elementary

    Large Schools Division

goldmedal     Jennings Elementary   Blue
     SWLA Charter Academy  Blue
     LC Charter Academy   Apricot

silvermedal    J.I. Watson Middle Elementary Blue
    LeBleu Settlement Elementary  Blue

     Oak Park Elementary  Blue
     E.K. Key Elementary   Blue

Rosette Award for Excellence

  blue Ribbon

Lake Charles Charter Academy

State Championship