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July 30, 2013

DXP shines at National Finals


The Daily Iowegian

---- — 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.

DUETS

Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil tap duet — Double Diamond Elite TOP 1st; Judge’s Choice “Happy Feet”; 6th Overall Competitive Duet. Maddie Kirkland and Addie Zaputil jazz duet — Double Diamond Elite TOP 1st; Parade of Champions Finalist; 4th Overall Competitive Duet. Ashtyn Ellison and Dylan Johnson — Diamond Elite TOP 1st; 7th Overall Intermediate Duet. Abigail White and Sammie Zaputil — Diamond Elite TOP 1st; 4th Overall Intermediate Duet. Kenzie Kruzich and Morgan Schmell — Elite TOP 1st.

GROUPS

Jazz Group “Cheetah Love” (Ashtyn Ellison, Dylan Johnson, Abigail White and Sammie Zaputil) — Double Diamond Elite TOP 1st; 5th Overall Intermediate Group.

Hip Hop Group “Haterz” (Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Elizabeth Meng, Chloe Zintz, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Double Diamond Elite TOP 1st; Category Cup Winner; Parade of Champions Finalist; 2nd Overall Competitive Small Group.

Lyrical Group “Hallelujah” (Addie Zaputil, Maddie Kirkland, Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey and Hannah Hawkins) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st.

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) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st.

Jazz Group “She Got It” (Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey, Hannah Hawkins, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st.

Tap Group “Sweet Dreams” (Elizabeth Meng, Hannah Bailey, Abby Sells and Lexy Hedgecock) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st; Category Cup Winner.

Lyrical Group “Hero” (Maddie Kirkland, Abby Sells, Tiffany Johnson, Leah Scott, Elizabeth Sells and Alexis Johnson) — Diamond Elite TOP 1st.

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

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