CORONA DEL MAR — Corona del Mar High School's Spanish-language students battled Wednesday to be crowned CdM's Best Latin Dance Crew.
"It was really fun," said junior Kyle Sherburne, 17. "I watched it last year and knew I wanted to be in it."
Five teams from CdM's Spanish 3 students competed in front of about 1,200 middle- and high-school students for the sixth year of the competition. A live salsa band set the mood and teachers opened the assembly with a dance that combined both salsa and hip hop.
The teams practiced for two months to pull together a two-minute dance routine that incorporated salsa and hip-hop moves — even back flips — to win a pizza party on campus and an unlimited play pass, both donated by Boomers!, the family entertainment center chain.
Kyle's team, Consigue Dinero, Te Pagan Dinero — which means, "Get money, get paid" — won the competition.