BARNEGAT, NJ — The Barnegat High School Dance Team has been named the NJCDCA 2021 State Champions in the Varsity Game Day Division. 

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions, the Barnegat Bengals were able to take home the state championship.

"The 2020-2021 Dance Team season has been a challenging one," Coach Stanton explained. "From dancing in the parking lot 6-feet apart and dancing with masks, these girls persevered. They accepted the challenge and learned and performed an award-winning routine, I am one proud coach."

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The Bengals dance team consists of 17 talented, dedicated, scholar athletes. 

The Seniors shared with us what being a Barnegat Bengal dancer meant to them.

Captain Bella Buscagalia said "being on the dance team has proven to me that once you work hard for something nothing is impossible."

"Being a member of BGDT has taught me not only commitment and dedication, but it has given me a family & memories that will last forever” Captain Rachel Cramer shared.

“The Bengal Dance Team is a family and a piece of my heart will always belong to it," Captain Kira Smith stated. "I am so grateful for the memories and friendships rooted in this uniquely special program."

The Barnegat HS Dance Team is coached by head Coach Diana Stanton with assistance from Coach Katy Bazerque, Brackman MS Dance Coach and Kelly Connors, Volunteer HS & MS Dance Coach.

"We are so thankful for the opportunities we have been given to come and dance together. From holding zoom auditions, having a home UDA dance camp, BGDT loves showing their school pride by dancing at football and basketball games, helping our community, competing locally, virtually and at the National level." Coach Stanton shared.

"Thank you to Athletic Director John Germano and the Barnegat HS administration for always supporting us and for making our season happen. We are truly grateful. We are stronger together and have learned to value and appreciate all the important things in life: our health, family, friends and not to take anything for granted. Go Bengals!"

2020-2021 Team Captains

Bella Buscaglia, Rachel Cramer and Kira Smith

                                              Captains Kira, Bella, Rachel

2020-2021 Team Members

Juniors: Jess Holler, Alexa Maschi, Ally McMahon, Bella Ponikowski

Sophomores: Ava Fahringer, Lexi Jason, Amy Medina.

Freshman: Alyssa Branz, Emma Fortunato, Jane Haviland, Jules Kopp, Tara LaMantia, Natalie Ponikowski, Kelly Quinn. 

You can follow the team on Instagram @bengaldanceteam, Twitter @Bengaldanceteam and on Facebook: Barnegat High School Dance Team.