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March 28, 2014

Team first overall at Midwest Starz


The Daily Iowegian

---- — 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.

SOLOS

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.

DUETS

Jocelyn Maw and Kiera Klum — High Gold, second in Jazz Category, third overall, Judge’s Pick Routine, Jocelyn Maw-standout dancer. Abby Sells and Maddie Kirkland — Platinum, Open Category winner, third overall, Judge’s Pick Routine, Abby Sells-standout dancer. Alexis Johnson and Elizabeth Sells — High Gold.

GROUPS

Hip Hop Group "Playerz" (Megan Aulwes, Chloe Zintz, Abigail White, Shaylin Brown, Abby Sells, Lexy Hedgecock, Hannah Hawkins and Maddie Kirkland) — Platinum, Hip Hop Category winner, first overall, Judge’s Pick Routine, Maddie Kirkland-standout dancer.

Jazz Group "Americano" (Lexy Hedgecock, Abby Sells, Hannah Hawkins and Maddie Kirkland) — Platinum, Jazz Category winner, second overall, Hannah Hawkins-standout dancer.

Lyrical Group "Fools" (Leah Scott, Elizabeth Sells, Abby Sells, Hannah Hawkins and Maddie Kirkland) — High Gold.

Tap Group "Get Through This" (Elizabeth Sells, Abby Sells, Lexy Hedgecock, Leah Scott and Alexis Johnson) — High Gold, Tap Category winner.

Hip Hop Group "Miss Jackson" (Elizabeth Sells, Abby Sells, Lexy Hedgecock, Leah Scott, Alexis Johnson, Hannah Hawkins, Kenzie Kruzich and Morgan Schmell) — High Gold, Hip Hop Category winner.

Musical Theater Group "Wild, Wild Party" (Elizabeth Sells, Abby Sells, Lexy Hedgecock, Leah Scott, Alexis Johnson, Hannah Hawkins, Kenzie Kruzich, Morgan Schmell and Maddie Kirkland) — Platinum, fourth overall.

Jazz Group "Set It On Fire" (Ashtyn Ellison, Megan Aulwes, Abigail White, Elizabeth Shepherd, Dylan Johnson, Jocelyn Maw and Kiera Klum) — High Gold, Judge’s Pick Routine.

Lyrical Group "I Won’t Give Up" (Megan Aulwes, Abigail White, Elizabeth Shepherd, Dylan Johnson, Jocelyn Maw and Kiera Klum) — High Gold, Lyrical Category winner.

Musical Theater Group "Zero To Hero" (Abigail White, Ashtyn Ellison, Elizabeth Shepherd, Dylan Johnson, Jocelyn Maw, Kiera Klum, Shaylin Brown, Masey Brown and Chloe Zintz) — Platinum, first overall.

Tap Group "Bom Bom Bom" (Abigail White, Elizabeth Shepherd, Dylan Johnson, Ashtyn Ellison, Masey Brown, Shaylin Brown and Chloe Zintz) — High Gold.