Rock Point festival draws school from across state line

Rock Point festival draws school from across state line

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ROCK POINT, Ariz.

Nadia Armajo, 9 from Bluff Elementary School led the crowd through a solo act during the intermission at the Rock Point Community School Diné Song & Dance Festival. (Times photo — Shondiin Silversmith)

Nadia Armajo, 9 from Bluff Elementary School led the crowd through a solo act during the intermission at the Rock Point Community School Diné Song & Dance Festival. (Times photo — Shondiin Silversmith)

Results for the 42nd annual Rock Point Community School Diné Song & Dance

ROCK POINT, Ariz.

The results for the 42nd annual Rock Point Community School Diné Song & Dance held on Feb. 4-5 are as follows:

Primary Division (K-4)

Highest Points Award: Rough Rock Community School

Fire Dance

1. Rough Rock Community School
2. Pinon Elementary School
3. Bluff Elementary School

Yé’ii Bicheii

1. Rough Rock Community School
2. Bluff Elementary School
3. Dilcon Community School

Nidáá’

1. Pinon Elementary School
2. Bluff Elementary School
3. Rough Rock Community School

Solo

1. Pinon Elementary school
2. Dilcon Community School
3. Rough Rock Community School

Duet

1. Pinon Elementary School
2. Rough Rock Community School
3. Dilcon Community School

Group

1. Rough Rock Community School
2. Pinon Elementary School
3. Bluff Elementary School

Intermediate (4-8)

Highest Points Award: Rock Point Community School.

Song Act (Késhjéé’ dóó Ak’ááj’ Sin)

1. Pinon Middle School
2. Rock Point Community School
3. Rough Rock Community School

Fire Dance

1. Rough Rock Community School
2. Rock Point Community School
3. Pinon Middle school

Yé’ii Bicheii

1. Rough Rock Community School
2. Bluff Elementary School
3. Pinon Middle School

Nidáá’

1. Rock Point Community School
2. Rough Rock Community School
3. Bluff Elementary School

Solo

1. Bluff Elementary School
2. Rock Point Community School
3. Pinon Middle School

Duet

1. Bluff Elementary School
2. Red Mesa Elementary School
3. Pinon Middle School

Group

1. Pinon Elementary School
2. Pinon Middle School
3. Lukachukai Community School

Secondary Division (9-12)

Highest Points: Pinon High School

Song Act (Késhjéé’ dóó Ak’ááj’ Sin)

1. Pinon High School
2. Navajo Preparatory School
3. Rock Point Community School

Fire Dance

1. Pinon High School
2. Window Rock High School
3. San Juan High School

Yé’ii Bicheii

1. Navajo Preparatory school
2. Rock Point Community School

Nidáá’

1. San Juan High School
2. Pinon High School
3. Window Rock High School

Solo

1. Navajo Preparatory School
2. San Juan High School
3. Pinon High School

Duet

1. San Juan High School
2. Pinon High School
3. Navajo Preparatory School

Group

1. San Juan High School
2. Pinon High School
3. Window Rock High School

Running on its 42nd year, the Rock Point Community School’s annual Diné Song & Dance Festival has become a tradition for schools and families, even drawing people from across state lines.

“I bring them here every year,” Crystal Police from Bluff, Utah said of her daughters Nadia and Claramae Armajo. “Ever since they were in diapers we already knew they were going to do the Rock Point competition.”

Nadia, 9, and Claramae, 11, came to the Rock Point festival with their school Bluff Elementary.

“It was really fun,” Nadia said of the festival. “You only do it once a year and when it’s gone it’s gone.”

The best part of the festival is seeing all the schools and watching everybody dance, Claramae added, because you get to see how different they are.

“I’ve been competing in it since I was in kindergarten,” Nadia said, and she recalls why she wanted to start singing in the first place: She wanted to sing the National Anthem in Navajo. So she started to practice by listening to Radmilla Cody sing.


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