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July 30, 2013

DXP shines at National Finals

Dance X-pressions’ competition team took their talents to Overland Park, Kan. this June to compete in Talent On Parade’s National Finals. This national competition was the biggest nationals in Talent On Parade’s 16 year history, with six days of competition, 125 studios in attendance and more than 2,040 entries competing.

DXP routines were awarded six Double Diamond Elite TOP 1sts, followed by 12 Diamond Elite TOP 1sts, and six Elite TOP 1sts. Ten of DXP’s routines placed in the TOP Ten Overall Lineups and three routines made it into the prestigious Parade of Champions. Maddie Kirkland was awarded 1st Overall Soloist and was named the High Point National Champion for her Jazz and Lyrical solos. She also placed 8th overall in the TOP Entertainer competition.

Three routines were Category Cup winners, as they were the highest scoring act of their dance style — Maddie Kirkland’s lyrical solo, tap group Sweet Dreams, and hip hop group Haterz. Addie Zaputil and Maddie Kirkland’s tap duet received the “Happy Feet” Judge’s Choice Award.

Elizabeth Sells, Abby Sells, Maddie Kirkland, and Elizabeth Meng were invited to participate in the TOP Starz Performance Team where they spent the week with dancers from around the country, learning a production number to perform before the Parade of Champions.

DXP was selected as one of two studios to receive the Studio Spirit Award for showing their studio pride for the Mustache You To Dance Spirit Day.

Full results are detailed below.

SOLOS

Peytin Ellison solo — Diamond Elite TOP 1st; 7th Overall Competitive Solo. Kiera Klum solo — Diamond Elite TOP 1st; 5th Overall Competitive Solo. Maddie Kirkland jazz solo — Double Diamond Elite TOP 1st; Parade of Champions Finalist; 1st Overall Competitive Solo Champion. Maddie Kirkland lyrical solo — Double Diamond Elite TOP 1st; Category Cup Winner; 1st Overall High Point Champion; 8th Overall TOP Entertainer; TOP Starz Performer. Hannah Hawkins solo — Diamond Elite TOP 1st. Elizabeth Meng solo — Diamond Elite TOP 1st; TOP Starz Performer. Abby Sells solo — Elite TOP 1st; TOP Starz Performer. Lexy Hedgecock solo — Elite TOP 1st. Elizabeth Sells solo — Elite TOP 1st; TOP Starz Performer. Morgan Schmell solo — Elite TOP 1st.

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