The Bear Delights dance team at Brookings-Harbor High School cruised through the semifinals of the state dance competition in Portland Thursday night.

The semifinal results were reported by Dr. Floyd Strandberg, high school principal.

Winning in the semifinals places the dance team among the top seven schools in the state in its division. Finals were Friday night. Results were not available at Coastal Living section press time.

Brookings residents were given the opportunity to see the state competition dance March 9 in the high school gym.

The routine titled ?Precious Things? was part of a public performance following the 12th annual dance camp where the dance team members served as teachers to children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Children showed what they learned during the camp, led by their instructors.

Kindergartners and first-graders were led by Nikki Morin, Nicole Nowlin, Jessica Wood and Kristin Weichers.

Instructing second-and-third-graders were Melissa Mattos, Nicole Brewer and Danielle Short.

Fourth-and-fifth-grade teachers were Heather Robinson, Lindsey Davis and Jaralee Miller.

Tiffiny Gossard and Crissey Cooper taught grades six through eight.

Dance team members performed routines to ?Scar,? ?Pop,? ?Trust? and closed with a dance performed under black lights.

Between performances, Matt McVay, Josh Michlitsch, Ray Marrington and Matt Randolph performed routines with push brooms, some synchronized and others that brought much laughter.

During the introduction of the dance team members, coach Melody Gossard pointed out that this year?s group is mostly freshmen and sophomores. Cooper is the only junior and Tiffiny Gossard is the only senior. Both girls serve as captains of the team.

When Tiffiny was honored, her father came down from the audience to give her a hug.

Although Gossard announced that this was to be her last year, she said because they haven?t found a replacement, she will coach the girls for the 2002-03 school year.