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July 15, 2013

DXP competes at VIP


The Daily Iowegian

---- — 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.

SOLOS

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.

DUETS

Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil tap duet — High Gold, Judge’s Pick, 8th Overall Competitive Division. Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil jazz duet — Platinum, Dance Divison Performance Award, 6th Overall Competitive Division. Ashtyn Ellison and Dylan Johnson — Gold, 10th Overall Intermediate Division. Abigail White and Sammie Zaputil — High Gold, Dance Division Performance Award, 4th Overall Intermediate Division. Kenzie Kruzich and Morgan Schmell — High Gold, 2nd Oerall Intermediate Division. Chloe Zintz and Shaylin Brown hip hop duet — Gold, 6th Overall Intermediate Division. Julianna Barth and Masey Brown jazz duet — Gold.

GROUPS

Jazz Group “Cheetah Love” (Ashtyn Ellison, Dylan Johnson, Abigail White and Sammie Zaputil) — Platinum, Dance Division Performance Award, 1st Overall Intermediate Division, 10th Overall of all Intermediate Entries combined. Hip Hop Group “Haterz” (Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Elizabeth Meng, Chloe Zintz, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Platinum, Dance Division Performance Award, Judge’s Pick, Most Entertaining Finalist, 4th Overall Competitive Division. Lyrical Group “Hallelujah” (Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey and Hannah Hawkins) — High Gold. Musical Theater Group “Wash That Man” (Sammie Zaputil, Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Abigail White, Elizabeth Meng, Chloe Zintz, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins and Lexy Hedgecock) — Platinum, 8th Overall Competitive Division. Jazz Group “She Got It” (Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Platinum, 5th Overall Competitive Division. Tap Group “Sweet Dreams” (Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Platinum, 10th Overall Competitive Division. Lyrical Group “Hero” (Maddie Kirkland, Abby Sells, Tiffany Johnson, Leah Scott, Elizabeth Sells and Alexis Johnson) — High Gold. Tap Group “Be Ok” (Tiffany Johnson, Leah Scott Elizabeth Sells and Alexis Johnson) — Platinum, 6th Overall Competitive Divison. Musical Theater Group “Spanish Rose” (Abby Sells, Lexy Hedgecock, Tiffany Johnson, Leah Scott, Elizabeth Sells, Morgan Schmell, Alexis Johnson and Kenzie Kruzich) — Platinum, Dance Division Performance Award, 8th Overall Competitive Division. Ballet Group “Send It On” (Kennedee Beals, Ashlynn Hamilton, Kiera Klum, Maycie Bartholomew, Kaitlyn Lancaster, Peytin Ellison and Caroline Shepherd) — Gold. Jazz Group “Move With The Crowd” (Maddison Beals, Ashlynn Hamilton, Peytin Ellison, Kennedee Beals, Kiera Klum, Kaitlyn Lancaster and Charlie Johnson) — Gold, 2nd Overall Novice Division. Poms Group “Music Is Pumping” (Taylnn O’Hair, Shaylee Duffey, Maycie Bartholomew, Peytin Ellison, Kennedee Beals, Kiera Klum, Ashtyn Ellison, Kaitlyn Lancaster and Lexyn Lear) — Gold. Tap Group “Cops & Robbers” (Ashtyn Ellison, Masey Brown, Brynn Bailey, Ashton Johnson, Dylan Johnson, Julianna Barth and Teagan Seddon) — Gold, 4th Overall Novice Division. Tap Group “Dig Down Deeper” (Kennedee Beals, Kiera Klum, Maycie Bartholomew, Kaitlyn Lancaster, Peytin Ellison and Caroline Shepherd) — Gold. Hip Hop Group “Famous” (Shaylin Brown, Taylnn O’Hair, Mahlia Henderson, Dylan Johnson, Abigail White, Masey Brown, Tayton Bartholomew, Shaylee Duffey, Madeline Schmell, Ashtyn Ellison and Teagan Seddon) — Gold, 1st Overall Novice Division, 3rd Overall of all Novice entries combined. Hip Hop Group “Eenie Meenie” (Maddison Beals, Jayla Campbell, Maycie Bartholomew, River Wendland, Brianna Driver, Kennedee Beals, Ashlynn Hamilton, Peytin Ellison, Kiera Klum, Kaitlyn Lancaster, Chance Cook and Lexyn Lear) — Gold. Jazz group “Sassy” (Brynn Bailey, Julianna Barth, Mahila Henderson, Shaylin Brown, Chloe Zintz, Masey Brown and Teagan Seddon) — Gold. Lyrical group “World’s Greatest” (Abigail White, Ashton Johnson, Shaylin Brown, Chloe Zintz, Julianna Barth, Sammie Zaputil, Camille Hendricks and Teagan Seddon) — Gold. Hip Hop Group “Welcome To The Cho” (Elizabeth Sells, Caitlin Rogers, Morgan Schmell, Kenzie Kruzich, Leah Scott, Tiffany Johnson, Alexis Johnson and Jessica Scott) — High Gold, 3rd Overall Intermediate Division.