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May 16, 2013

Four Overall Champions at DXP


The Daily Iowegian

---- — 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.

DXP also received the studio Sportsmanship Award that is awarded by the TOP staff.

Full results are detailed below.

SOLOS

Peytin Ellison solo — Elite TOP 1st, 9th Overall Competitive Division. Kiera Klum solo — Elite TOP 1st. Maddie Kirkland jazz solo — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, Category Cup winner. Maddie Kirkland lyrical solo — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, Category Cup winner, 1st Overall Competitive Division, 1st Overall TOP Entertainer Title Winner, 2nd Overall High Point Division, Dance Directive Scholarship recipient, TOP Starz Performance Team invitee and Best Choreography Award. Hannah Hawkins solo — Elite TOP 1st, Judge’s Choice Award. Elizabeth Meng solo — Elite TOP 1st, TOP Starz Performance Team invitee. Abby Sells solo — Elite TOP 1st, Judge’s Choice Award, TOP Starz Performance Team invitee and 10th Overall TOP Entertainer. Lexy Hedgecock solo — TOP 1st. Elizabeth Sells solo — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, TOP Starz Performance invitee and 3rd Overall TOP Entertainer. Morgan Schmell solo — TOP 1st, 6th Overall Intermediate Division.

DUETS

Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil tap duet — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, 2nd Overall Competitive Division and Category Cup winner. Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil jazz duet — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, 1st Overall Competitive Division and Category Cup winner. Ashtyn Ellison and Dylan Johnson — Elite TOP 1st, 1st Overall Intermediate Division. Abigail White and Sammie Zaputil — Elite TOP 1st, 6th Overall Intermediate Division. Kenzie Kruzich and Morgan Schmell — Elite TOP 1st, 7th Overall Intermediate Division.

GROUPS

Jazz Group (Ashtyn Ellison, Dylan Johnson, Abigail White and Sammie Zaputil) — Elite TOP 1st, 3rd Overall Intermediate Division.

Hip Hop Group (Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Elizabeth Meng, Chloe Zintz, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, Category Cup winner, 2nd Overall Competitive Division.

Lyrical Group (Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey, and Hannah Hawkins) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, Category Cup winner, 4th Overall Competitive Division.

Musical Theater Group (Sammie Zaputil, Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Abigail White, Elizabeth Meng, Chloe Zintz, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins and Lexy Hedgecock) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, Category Cup winner, 3rd Overall Competitive Division.

Jazz Group (Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, 6th Overall Competitive Division.

Tap Group (Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, Category Cup winner, 1st Overall Competitive Division.

Lyrical Group (Maddie Kirkland, Abby Sells, Tiffany Johnson, Leah Scott, Elizabeth Sells and Alexis Johnson) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st, Judge’s Choice Award, 6th Overall Competitive Division.

Tap Group (Tiffany Johnson, Leah Scott Elizabeth Sells and Alexis Johnson) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st.

Musical Theater Group (Abby Sells, Lexy Hedgecock, Tiffany Johnson, Leah Scott, Elizabeth Sells, Morgan Schmell, Alexis Johnson and Kenzie Kruzich) — Elite TOP 1st.