DXP Competition Team attended their first competition of the season March 7-9 at Midwest Starz in Des Moines. The three day competition had a record number of entries exceeding 640 acts. DXP’s team of 22 dancers entered 27 routines bringing home seven Platinums, 18 High Golds and two Golds.
DXP dancers received some great recognition including nine routines being named Category Winners, nine routines in the Top Five Overall lineups and three routines winning first overall highest score.
The judge’s picked standout dancers from solos, duets and group routines and awarded these select dancers an opportunity at their National Finals. DXP had seven dancers chosen as standout dancers — Peytin Ellison, Kiera Klum, Jocelyn Maw, Maddie Kirkland, Abby Sells, Hannah Hawkins and Elizabeth Sells. Maddie Kirkland competed for Miss Midwest Starz and was crowned their regional 12 and under champion. She has the opportunity to compete for the national title of Miss Midwest Starz this summer.
Five of DXP’s routines were awarded Judge’s Pick awards. This was a great honor as only one routine can be chosen from each judge per session. Kiera Klum and Jocelyn Maw’s duet "Monsta," Maddie Kirkland’s solo "Strike A Pose," Abby Sells and Maddie Kirkland’s duet "Xr2," Hip Hop group "Playerz" and Jazz group "Set It On Fire" all received this elite award.
Full results are detailed below.
Peytin Ellison solos — High Gold, Gold, standout dancer. Kaitlyn Lancaster solo — High Gold, Jazz Category winner. Kennedee Beals solo — High Gold, second in Lyrical Category. Kiera Klum solo — High Gold, second in Jazz Category, fourth overall, standout dancer. Jocelyn Maw solo — High Gold. Elizabeth Shepherd — High Gold, third in Lyrical Category. Maddie Kirkland solos — 2x Platinum, Lyrical Category winner, Jazz Category winner, Judge’s Pick Routine, second overall, Miss Midwest Starz. Hannah Hawkins solo — High Gold. Elizabeth Sells — High Gold, standout dancer. Kenzie Kruzich — High Gold, first overall. Morgan Schmell — High Gold, Gold.