The Kingwood Strutters competition team won several national titles at the 2010 American Dance/Drill Team Nationals on March 26-27 at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
For team competition, Stacey's Junior White 4-6 grade intermediate team won for its lyrical dance to "Proud to be an American" choreographed and directed by Tanya Thompson. First runner ups in the lyrical division were Stacey's Junior Purple team grades 4-6 and its Babe White team grades 1-3. The Junior Purple was the fifth place team overall for combined scores at Nationals which included another 1st runner up finish in the prop division.
In the solo division, two Stacey's dancers were crowned national champions. Camille Burton, a kindergartener at Shadow Forest Elementary School, won the Pre-K division. Clara Foster, a sixth grader at Kingwood Middle School, was the solo winner for grades 4-6 with teammate Sydney Ballou taking 1st runner up honors.
Ballou and Sydney Fletcher, both in sixth grade at Riverwood Middle School, were named the national champions in the duet division for grades 4-6. Two other duets from Stacey's placed in the top three at nationals. For grades 1-3, Kennedy Knight and Lauryn Santilena were 1st runners up and Colleen Canavan and Haven Vessels were 2nd runners up.
For small ensembles, two 4-6 grade ensembles tied for 2nd runner up. They were the trio of Lauren Chachere, Amy Felder and Jamie Hawkins, and the quartet of Haley Sauer, Teigan Ahrendt, Allyson Axum and Peyton Nichols.
In the officers' division, Stacey's senior officers grades 7-9 reign as national champs for their modern dance. Stacey's Babe officers were 1st runners up for their hip hop routine.
Stacey's Dance Studio will perform its award winning routines at the Let's Dance 2010 Spring Recital on May 7-8 at Kingwood High School gymnasium. For show times, visit: www.staceysdancestudio.com
In the photo above - Kingwood Strutters who were solo finalists at the 2010 American Dance/Drill Team Nationals included: (front row, from left) Camille Burton, Emily Martin (back row, from left) Sydney Ballou, Clara Foster, Makayla Tidwell and Ashley Parnell.