A Chance to Dance in the Big Apple

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

The competitive teams at Rockford School of Dance recently returned from the Dance America/Dance Olympus Competition at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois. It was a very successful weekend with all of our teams winning 1st place trophies. All three teams qualified to go to the Dance America Nationals in New York City this coming July. The Primary Team was awarded a 1st place for their tap performance of Happy Radio as well as Best Precision for Primary/Junior dances. They received a 1st place for their jazz dance Itsy Bitsy Spider which also received the Primary/Junior Overall High Score Award, Large Group. The Primary Team includes Taylor Blackburn, Madelyn Butts, Carmen Goodson, Hannah Miller, Madeline Newman, Emily Page, Jillian Roney, Hailey Smith, Sydney Stites and Annika Trierweiler. The Junior Team took 1st place in both of their dances, This is the House that Jack Built (Jazz) and Bang the Drum (Tap). Our Junior Team members are Abigail Anthony, Lauren Dilly, Jacklyn Eding, Ilene Gould, Hali Maybank, Abby McKay, Amanda Schultz, Ashley Serbenta and Paige Wolterstorff. Our Advanced Team brought home three 1st place trophies for their jazz performances of Footloose, High Energy and All Things Just Keep Getting Better. Their tap number, Big Noise from Winnetka received a 2nd Place. The Advanced Team dancers are Ona Andrews, Katelyn Cooper, Ashley Day, Kendall DeVries, Anna Dood, Savanna Fisher, Nora Fitzgerald, Kara Greenberg, Kenzie Hanson, Katie Hunsberger, Shannon Kelley, Lexie Leonard, Amanda Maguire, Hannah Maroe, David Maybank, Riley Thomas, Kaylin Walters and Hanna Watters. Also performing this weekend was our Small Group Hip Hop, Skippin’ which received 4th place. Several duos performed as well, Ona Andrews/Hanna Watters, Ojos Asi, 4th place; Ashley Day/Riley Thomas, Let’s Get Loud, 3rd place and Katie Hunsberger/Shannon Kelley, Knock on Wood, 1st place. We had seven soloists in the competition this year. Katelyn Cooper, Hush, 3rd place Kara Greenberg, Big Time, 2nd place Lexie Leonard, Nothing But a T Shirt, Merit; Amanda Maguire, Hit Me with a Hot Note, 5th place; Hannah Maroe, My Strongest Suit, 2nd place; David Maybank, Time of My Life, 1st place; and Kaylin Walters, Something’s Gotta Give, 1st place. Special congratulations to Kara Greenberg, David Maybank and Kaylin Walters who qualified for Nationals and the Dancer of […]

Former Rockford Cheerleader Competes in National Competition

January 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

Jessica McDaniel and her partner stunt group competed in the 2009 College Cheerleading and Dance Team national competition in Orlando, Florida on Friday, January 16, 2009. The four members of the stunt group – Jessica McDaniel (back spot), Meghan Boyer and Marcella Morrill (bases), and Shannon Marconi (flyer) – represented Central Michigan University (CMU). This was the first time in the school’s history that an all-girl partner stunt group was sent to compete in national competition. The cheerleaders were chosen to compete by sending in a video of their routine. Based on this video, they were ranked 14th out of 28 teams before competition. The exciting event took place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in the Milkhouse Arena. After a thrilling performance, the team placed 12th in the nation. On Saturday, Jan. 17, CMU’s all-girl competitive cheer team also competed. Three former Rockford High School cheerleaders were on the team: freshmen Alex Obetts and Katie Sakala, and senior Ashley DeVries. This was only the second year for the team to compete at nationals, and they were awarded a 10th-place finish.