Elite dancers shake Tulsa talent contest

Friday, March 15, 2013
Pictured are Elite Dance Studio dancers after their recent award-winning outing to the Starpower Talent Competition in Tulsa. In front from left are Alexandria Lea, Emma Samac, Taylor Gordon, Lexi Woods, Eden Wilson, Riley Carmon and Gaby Regalado. Middle row: Kourtney Granger, Katie Allison, Gavin Wilson, Baylea Watson, T.J. Strecker, and Jurnee Logan. Back row: Emerald Watson, Katie Jonnson, Kylee Sigmon and Aly Morgan.

TULSA -- Dancers from Elite Dance Studios achieved their most impressive results ever in competition recently, bringing home first place in three-fourths of their performances.

The Starpower Talent Competition was held Feb. 22-24, featuring more than 500 performances in a grueling weekend schedule. The Elite contingent performed solos, duets, small groups, large groups, and production numbers.

Of the 32 Elite numbers performed, 24 received first-place finishes in their categories, and 17 of those also received the highest scores in their age group, comparing all categories.

Kathy Mock, owner and studio manager, said, "This was our best competition yet!" Although Elite dancers always compete well, the level of success at this event surprised everyone.

"It was a team effort, with a lot of hard work by the dancers, their teachers, and the parents," Mock said. "The kids rehearsed very well, and they really enjoyed the weekend."

One of Elite's dancers summed up the weekend: "It was a lot of fun," said Emerald Watson, who earned a special "Light Up the Stage" award from the judges. "I knew I had to 'go big,' and my friends said my dance went really well," Watson said.

The performance number "Jubilation T. Cornpone," in the 9-11 age group, received the prestigious Best Entertainer award, and received the highest score for all categories in their age group. In the 12-14 age group, a performance of "Intergalactic" earned the highest score for any age group in any category. "Intergalactic" also received a "Positively Cool" special award from the judges.

Competition categories included hip-hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theater, and character.

The judges singled out many Elite dancers for special awards. Gavin Wilson was honored for his show-opening solo. He and his sister Eden teamed up to earn the "Dynamic Duo" award. Eden Wilson was also named a "Sassy Sweetie," and Abby Dahms brought home a "Free Spirit" award. Katie Allison and Abby Taylor received an award for "Broadway Ringing". In addition, the group performance number "This Is Halloween" received the "Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun" award.

Students are already back to work preparing for the Tremaine Convention Competition in Tulsa in late March. More information about Elite Dance Studios is available at 870-423-5304, or at www.elitedancestudios.com.

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