Dance X-pressions’ competition team attended Talent On Parade dance competition in Des Moines April 3-7. This regional competition compares to most national competitions spanning across five days with more than 1,000 entries competing. DXP’s team of 20 dancers was awarded 12 Diamond Elite TOP 1sts, 10 Elite TOP 1sts, and two TOP 1st trophies for the adjudicated awards.
Fifteen of DXP’s routines placed in the overall lineups, with four routines being named 1st Overall Champions. Champions included Maddie Kirkland’s lyrical solo “Will You Be There” in the competitive level, Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil’s jazz duet “Supermodel Swag” in the competitive level, Ashtyn Ellison and Dylan Johnson’s musical theater duet “Amayzing Mayzie” in the intermediate level, and “Sweet Dreams” tap group including Hannah Bailey, Abby Sells, Lexy Hedgecock and Hannah Hawkins in the competitive level.
Eight routines were awarded Category Cups for being the highest scoring acts in their categories. These routines include “Supermodel Swag,” “Jump Jive & Wail,” “Cover Girl,” “Will You Be There,” “Haterz,” “Hallelujah,” “Wash That Man” and “Sweet Dreams.”
Hannah Hawkins received a Judge’s Choice Award for her “Awesome Attack,” Abby Sells for “Servin’ It,” and lyrical group “Hero” with “I Love To Watch You Dance” Award.
Abby Sells placed 10th Overall in the TOP Entertainer Title Division. Elizabeth Sells placed 3rd overall and Maddie Kirkland was named the TOP Entertainer Champion for being the most entertaining routine in her division. Maddie was also awarded 2nd Overall in the High Point Division, for having the second highest score after averaging her two solos together. She was the recipient of a Dance Directive Scholarship for a full day of Master Classes in the fall and her lyrical solo received the Best Choreography Award.
Elizabeth Meng, Maddie Kirkland, Abby Sells and Elizabeth Sells were all presented with TOP Starz Performance Team invitations to be a part of a production number that performs before a national’s awards presentation.