Rockford dancers take top honors in Chicago

The competitive dancers at Rockford School of Dance (RSOD) have once again claimed top honors at the annual DanceAmerica regional competition in Chicago. Dancers from across the Midwest came to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Ill., to compete in the varied dance categories.

The Rockford School of Dance Junior team.

RSOD is thrilled with their success, as all their dance numbers have qualified for the July 2010 DanceAmerica nationals at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

The Primary team was awarded first-place trophies for both their tap and jazz performances to “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “3-6-9,” as well as an Overall High Score Line merit award for Primary/Junior “Little Bitty Pretty One.”

Members of the RSOD Primary team are Madelyn Butts, Carmen Goodson, Kelsey Howard, Whitney Howard, Arianna Hyink, Kalyn Jones, Kassidi Krzykwa, Madeline Konsdorf, Hannah Miller, Madeline Newman, Emily Page, Jillian Roney, Madison Schilling, Haley Smith, Sydney Stites, Annika Trierweiler and Isabel Wood.

The Rockford School of Dance Advanced team.

The Junior team received a first-place trophy for their tap dance, “Wall Street,” as well as an Overall High Score Large Group merit award for Primary/Junior and Best Precision award.

They also received a third-place trophy for their ballet performance of “Pokinoi” and a fourth-place trophy for their jazz dance “Make Me.”

Members of the RSOD Junior team are Abigail Anthony, Brianna Brugel, Lauren Dilly, Jacklyn Eding, Ilene Gould, Alexis Hall, Hali Maybank, Amanda Schultz, Ashley Serbenta and Paige Wolterstorff.

The Advanced team brought home two first-place trophies for their jazz performance of “My Same” and tap dance to “PYT,” which also earned an overall award for Best Precision Intermediate/Senior.

The RSOD Advanced team members are Ona Andrews, Ashley Day, Kendall DeVries, Anna Dood, Savanna Fisher, Kara Greenberg, Kenzie Hansen, Shannon Kelly, Hannah Maroe, David Maybank, Riley Thomas, Kaylin Walters and Hanna Watters.

The Junior and Advanced teams combined forces for a jazz production number to “Glee” and “Steppin’ Out” tap production performance. Both dances received second-place trophies.

Several RSOD competitors performed solos and duos. David Maybank’s “100 in a 55” received a first-place trophy and he also qualified for DanceAmerica’s prestigious Dancer of the Year program, as did Kaylin Walters, who also received a third-place trophy for her “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” performance.

Kara Greenberg’s “I Want to Go to Hollywood” received third place, Kenzie Hansen’s “Flashback” received fifth place, Shannon Kelley’s “On A Cloud,” Ashley Day’s “Declaration of Love” and Hannah Maroe’s “Almost Like Being In Love” all received merit awards.

Ona Andrews and Hannah Watters’ “Black & Gold” duo performance received a first-place award, and Ashley Serbenta and Paige Wolterstorff’s “Let It Go” earned a second-place trophy.

Rockford School of Dance also earned the Spirit Award, representing great sportsmanship throughout the weekend.

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