Local dancers advance to worlds competition

By Mandy Underwood

Two groups of dancers from The Dance Experience Company in Wabash earned an invitation to the Worlds competition.

The hopeful dancers traveled to Zionsville on the weekend of March 6 to compete. Many dance groups were taken to the competition and two of them received Golden Tickets which symbolizes an invitation to the Worlds competition in July.

The Dance Experience Company is committed to encouraging all dancers to strive for excellence and enjoy the journey along the way,” said Hannah Napier, director of The Dance Experience.

“We believe each dancer has the ability to increase her/his physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being through our dance program.  Our goal is to provide quality dance instruction through caring, professional instructors in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere.  The Dance Experience Company promotes strong self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, and appreciation through the fine arts of dance.  We inspire every dancer to find the creativity inside herself/himself as "we dance to tell a story" each year.”

“A History Lesson,” choreographed by Hannah Napier and Shelby Hawkins and performed by the age 9-11 Novice Small Group Contemporary earned 5.0 Adjudication Award, 1st place Novice Small Group Contemporary, 1st Place Overall Novice Small group, Novice Star Dance Alliance Regional Champion, & Golden Ticket to World Dance Competition, Excellence in Choreography Award.

“The piece depicts the gruesome treatment of individual victims of the Holocaust,” said Napier. “All the dancers have spent many hours studying the Holocaust not only in the studio but have taken it so far as to write reports in the subject at school as well as educate themselves through books, movies and stories. It has been a wonderful learning experience.”

“A History Lesson” dancers were Ryleigh Drudge, Sadie Teel, Violet George, Kierstin Fager, Khloye Wood, Lilly Barton, Leeah Palmer, Emma Dyson and Shauna Holiday.

The other group earning advancement to Worlds was Novice 12-14 Jazz Small Group, performing a piece titled “Grown.”

They earned 5.0 Adjudication Score, 1st place Small Jazz Group, Novice 12-14 Overall 1st place in division, Excellence in Entertainment Award, and Golden Ticket invite to Worlds.

Dancers from this group were Violet George, Alexa Johnson, Maison Hunter, Audrey Amos and Lillian Weaver.

Posted on 2020 Mar 24