The St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Starlettes competed Jan. 6 in the Universal Dance Association’s Louisiana State Dance Championship at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

The Starlettes competed against top teams not only in the state, but also in the nation. “Our goal at state was to have an energetic, entertaining, and clean routine full of personality, and I think we absolutely delivered,” coach Carley Cryer said. “We are in such a great place leading into nationals.”

Of all the routines in the competition, STA’s Hip Hop received a specialty award for Best Crowd Appeal. The team placed second in Varsity Hip Hop and second in Varsity Jazz.

The Starlettes will compete in Small Varsity Jazz and Hip Hop at the National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 31-Feb. 4.

The team can be followed online at