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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Area dancers bring home awards

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  • A total of 110 participants from Karen’s Dance Academy attended the annual Joe Tremaine Dance Experience in St Louis, Mo., during February.
    Dancers come from all over the country to train with the best teachers and choreographers in the industry. This year’s convention drew in more than 4,200 dancers to the grand ballrooms of the Hyatt  Regency at the Arch.  After dancers trained all throughout the day in classes from ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater to street and fusion jazz, they then began the competition portion of the weekend. This year’s competition was so large it was moved into an extra night of competition on Friday night as well.
    David Jameson attended the convention on his full year scholarship from the Tremaine faculty that he was awarded last year. He took the stage with an upbeat Bruno Mars “Run Away baby” tap solo that ran away with first place.
    The Junior K.D.Ette Danceline competed for the first time  and was awarded third place for their high energy number “Here we go”
    The Intermediate Danceline from Karen’s Dance Academy competed as well bringing home a second place trophy for their crazy tap version of “ Funky Monkey”
    The Senior K.D.Ette Danceline entered their featured kickline and novelty routine called “Toy Shop Madness” which not only brought down the house but took the First place trophy as well.   
    The Team brought home many trophies in other routines, but the most amazing award of all was the “ Shining Star” award. This award is given to only one studio. This is an award that goes to the most cohesive and well mannered team that shows outstanding behavior, compassion and leadership both on and off stage.  Out of the many teams that could have taken this award, Karen’s Dance Academy was honored to have this for the second year in a row.  A very proud moment especially for Studio Owner/choreographer and instructor Karen Frantz who said, “Teaching dancers to do pirouettes, jump, kick and look beautiful on stage is great, but teaching them the life lesson of poise and kindness towards others  is something that will stay with them forever and means so much more than any dance skill can accomplish. For when you dance with your heart, you can share the beauty within.”
    The studio also received t several “Outstanding Recognition”  and scholarship awards as well.
    Peyton Windland was honored with the Junior Convention Scholarship and Korissa Glynn won the Senior Convention Scholarship.
    Specialty awards were given out to Katie Elzea and Blair Burton for outstanding recognition in Tap; McKenna Abbott, Dylan Ross and Lanie Privett for outstanding recognition in Ballet; and Micheala Johnston for outstanding Recognition in Street Jazz.
    Page 2 of 2 - The K.D.Ette Danceline also received their  letter of invitation to the grand national finals in Florida this summer to compete with their winning routines. A trip of this nature is such an honor but also a financial struggle as well. That being said the team has decided to begin fundraising and seeking sponsorships so they can work toward hitting Nationals Finals at Disney in 2015.
    These young performers will be featured in their upcoming June 7 Recital at the Hannibal High School Auditorium as well as many local events planned for the spring. Members from the K.D.Ette Danceline hail from all over the tri states and come together for one goal. “Dancing the Dream- Enjoying the Team”

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