HANOVER, NJ - Big and exciting things are happening for a special group of 10 young ladies of the ages of 15 to 17 at Hanover Park High School. For this coming March, the Hanover Park Dance Team will be heading down south to Universal Orlando, Florida, for a dance competition.

This event is known as the AmeriCheer InterNationals Competition, at the Orange County Convention Center in Universal, where as much as 40 to 50 dance teams complete against one another. The grand prizes for the first, second and third place winners shall receive a trophy as well as a bid to the nationals in Ohio.

This trip will mark the first-ever competition that the Hanover Park Dance Team has participated in outside their home state. And needless to say, the high school dancers are very proud and excited, like 16-year-old junior Jaime Raibick.

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“Dance has always been a favorite hobby and extracurricular activity of mine since the age of two,” said Raibick, who has been with the Dance Team for the past three years. “The Hanover Park Dance Team is not only a great group of people to dance with, but a group of people that are like my family. This team has allowed me to form many friendships and opportunities throughout the years and it has also made a positive impact on my development as a teenager in high school. When I found out about our trip to Orlando, I was so proud of our accomplishments. Now that it has sunk in, it is something I am extremely looking forward to! I have always looked up to girls who are on college dance teams, which is why dancing after high school is something I am definitely interested in. I am hoping one day I will have the opportunity to show off my talents at the college level and be part of another amazing team just like at Hanover Park.”

Raibick’s dance mate, 16-year-old junior DeAnna DiMaiolo, could say the same for her group and the upcoming trip.

"What I like most about being on the Hanover Park Dance Team is that I was able to form close relationships with people I never had before,” said DiMaiolo, who has been dancing since she was three-year-old; two years with the Dance Team.  “I have made new friends that have become more-like sisters to me. During practices, I like how we can have fun, but be serious at the same time. Words cannot describe the amount of excitement I have going to Orlando, Florida. To be able to go to nationals is a huge honor and it is going to be so much fun! As of now, I am going back and forth with my decision of continuing my dancing career in college, but if I decide to pursue it, I know I am going to enjoy it.”

And head dance coach Carly Marcketta and assistant dance coach Katerina Molnar couldn’t be prouder of their girls.

“We are so excited for the girls to be able to have this experience going and competing in Florida,” said Marcketta  “This is a dream come true for our team and for them to have worked so hard and to be given this opportunity is a great accomplishment. We are so proud as their coaches and we are so excited to see them perform at the Orange County Convention Center in Universal.”

Marcketta has been coaching the Hanover Park Dance Team since 2015, while Molnar has been coaching since 2017.

Later this month, the Hanover Park Dance Team will be competing at Bergenfield High School on January 26th.