Throughout its long history in South Florida, Coca-Cola has played a role in many important moments in the community, generation after generation. This year, the Company launched a new program - Comparte el Movimiento (Share the Movement), a dance competition inviting young people to dance to support a cause of their choice.

So how did this all work? In January, we invited South Florida’s youth to gather a dance crew and incorporate three signature Coca-Cola dance moves, and upload their routines to ComparteConCoke.com. The competition was narrowed down to five semi-finalists and their videos were posted for public voting. The three finalists with most votes competed live on the Coca-Cola stage at the Calle Ocho Festival – the largest Hispanic festival in the U.S. – in front of judges Mack from Y100, Chanel from Mega 94.9 and Nick Garcia, former contestant on the national television dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” (Season 11).

The finalists left it all on the stage with Miami Coral Reef High School’s Cudettes taking the grand prize. Scroll down below to get the inside scoop from the Cudettes about what it took to make it!

Who are the Cudettes?

In 1997, the Coral Reef High School dance magnet program established the Cudettes – a now well-known group of dancers. From our humble beginnings and with the help of the founder and director of the group, Mrs. Rebecca Santalo, we have become a nationally recognized and prestigious dance team. We have qualified and attended the Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Dance Team Championship held in Orlando’s ESPN Wide World of Sports for many years and have brought home the national championship both in Junior Varsity and Varsity categories.

What inspired you to enter Comparte el Movimiento?

Every year, our team practices endless hours, often on holidays and weekends, to qualify to participate at the National Dance Team Championship (UDAWe look forward to it more and more, year after year! Although we are a very successful team, we are not funded by the school. Through our fundraising efforts and with the help of our parents, we cover the costs and fees to attend local and national competitions, including the National Dance Team Championship (UDA). This year, Comparte el Movimiento gave us the opportunity to raise funds doing what we love most: DANCING!

How did you hear about Comparte el Movimiento?

Our teacher and director, Mrs. Rebecca Santalo, is very involved in the community and often looks for ways for our team to give back to the community. One day during our dance class she told us about Comparte el Movimiento and asked the current juniors of the team if we wanted to participate. We thought it was a wonderful opportunity. We got together, choreographed a dance and submitted the video.

What was your favorite moment?

Although it was a bit challenging at first, our favorite moment was putting the choreography together with the three Coca-Cola signature moves. Everyone in the group gave the dance moves their own flavor and incorporated some other dance moves we have learned throughout the years to create the routine. It took about three hours, and the entire group put a lot of effort and dedication into it.

What does Comparte el Movimiento mean to you? How important is it to be active both physically and in the community?

Comparte el Movimiento is very special to all of us. It helped in giving us the financial support to help reach our goal, and for that we are very grateful. Comparte el Movimiento didn’t just support us - it inspired us. Being able to go to the national competition allows our school to gain more notoriety locally. And by raising funds, it allows others that have the gift of dance to be able to participate in the program regardless of their financial ability. 

To learn more about Comparte el Movimiento and first and second runner-up winners, visit www.comparteconcoke.com.