Dance X-pressions’ competition team closed out their regional competition season this past May by attending VIP dance competition in Des Moines. All recreational students at DXP were invited to compete as well. Over the four day competition, DXP routines were awarded 10 Platinums, 13 High Golds,and 16 Golds for the adjudicated awards.
Twenty of DXP’s routines placed in the Overall Lineups, with two routines being named 1st Overall Champions. Champions include “Cheetah Love” jazz group in the intermediate level and “Famous” hip hop group in the novice level.
Six routines were awarded Dance Division Performance Awards for being standout routines in their style of dance. These routines include Maddie Kirkland’s solo “Cover Girl,” Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil’s duet “Supermodel Swag,” Abigail White and Sammie Zaputil’s duet “Funky Monkey,” jazz group “Cheetah Love,” hip hop group “Haterz” and musical theater group “Spanish Rose.”
The VIP judges were allowed to pick one routine per awards ceremony that was their favorite dance of the day. Three of DXP’s routines were chosen for this elite award. Maddie Kirkland’s solo “Will You Be There,” Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil’s duet “Jump Jive & Wail” and hip hop routine “Haterz.”
DXP also received various special awards. Abby Sells’ solo won a Best Costume Award. “Cheetah Love” made the Top Ten VIP List, placing 10th overall when combining all intermediate routines from all four days of competition. “Famous” placed 3rd overall in the novice Top Ten VIP List. Hip hop routine “Haterz” was a finalist for the Most Entertaining Award. Maddie Kirkland was chosen as a VIP Dance Idol Scholarship Recipient. She was invited to participate in their opening number at Nationals.
Full results are detailed below.
Peytin Ellison solo — Gold. Kiera Klum solo — High Gold. Maddie Kirkland jazz solo — Platinum, Dance Division Performance Award. Maddie Kirkland lyrical solo — Platinum, Judge’s Pick, VIP Dance Idol Scholarship Recipient, 3rd Overall Competitive Division. Hannah Hawkins solo — High Gold. Elizabeth Meng solo — High Gold. Abby Sells solo — High Gold, Best Costume Award. Lexy Hedgecock solo — Gold. Elizabeth Sells solo — High Gold. Morgan Schmell solo — High Gold, 6th Overall Intermediate Division. Sharyl Woollums solo — High Gold, 8th Overall Intermediate Division. Ashtyn Ellison solo — Gold. Kennedee Beals solo — Gold.