Starr’s Mill ties history, wins fourth-straight title at GHSA dance championships in Macon

Starr’s Mill won the Class 3A-4A state championship to become the second-ever program to win four consecutive state titles as the GHSA Championship Dance competition came to a close at the Centreplex in Macon.

The Panthers won the Class 5A-6A championship in each of the past three seasons before classifying down to Class 3A-4A and successfully defending. Starr’s Mill finished atop the Jazz and Pom events to secure the championship.

Mill Creek’s streak of four-straight titles came to an end with a runner-up finish to first-time champion Peachtree Ridge in the Class 7A event. Peachtree Ridge had not won a single segment in the past four seasons before winning the Hip Hop segment to capture this year’s title ahead of runner-up Mill Creek.

Starr’s Mill’s crosstown-rival McIntosh won the Class 5A-6A state title, marking the Chiefs’ second championship but first since 2019 when it won in Class 4A-5A. The Chiefs won the Jazz portion to finish ahead of runner-up Etowah, which was trying for its first-ever title.

In Class A-2A, Stilwell Arts won the Jazz and Pom portions of the event to capture the team’s third title while successfully defending last year’s championship. Runner-up Booker T. Washington last won a state title in 2019 in Class A-3A.

2023 GHSA Dance State Champions

Class 7A – Peachtree Ridge

Class 5A-6A - McIntosh

Class 3A-4A – Starr’s Mill

A-2A – Stilwell Arts

See the past GHSA Dance Champions

               A-3A                      4A-5A                  6A-7A

2019      Washington        McIntosh             Mill Creek

               A-3A                      4A-5A                  5A-6A                    7A

2020      Stilwell  Arts        Heritage-Cat.     Starr’s Mill          Mill Creek

                A-2A                    3A-4A                 5A-6A                 7A

2021       Thomasville        West Laurens     Starr’s Mill           Mill Creek

2022       Stilwell Arts        West Laurens     Starr’s Mill          Mill Creek

2023       Stilwell Arts        Starr’s Mill          McIntosh             Peachtree Ridge

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