(From left) Emily Presnell, McKenzie Peavler, Alexis Rosenbalm, Dani Prevette, Marcus Messamore, Elizabeth Carey, Michelle Dempsey, Kassidy Hubbard and Jessi Faron.
Several dancers from the Elite Starz Dance Team, part of Tri-Cities Talent, won awards during the Showstopper Regional Competition in Concord, N.C., April 19-21. The team members competed with more than 2,500 talented dancers from across the southeastern United States who were judged by the top professional dancers in the business.
Alexis Rosenbalm of Blountville won first place in the junior hip hop division for “Space Jam.”
Elizabeth Carey of Kingsport won first place in the youth lyrical division for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and won first place in the youth jazz division with her performance of “Make You Believe.”
Emily Presnell of Church Hill won first place in the senior lyrical division for “Halleluyah.”
Kassidy Hubbard of Blountville received the cherished Platinum Award (extremely high first place score) in the senior contemporary division for her performance to “One Day Down.” In addition, Hubbard received second place for the Overall High Score from all the senior divisions in all the categories.
Jessi Faron of Kingsport won first place in the junior pointe division for “I Can Only Imagine.“
“The “Zombots” routine with Rosenbalm, Carey, Faron and McKenzie Peavler of Kingsport won the junior acrobatic division.
Peavler and Carey won first place in the junior duo acrobatic routine for “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” They also won the sixth overall high score from all the junior division categories combined.
Michelle Dempsey of Johnson City and Marcus Messamore of Kingsport won first place in the teachers duo pointe division for “Black Swan.” Messamore received the Platinum Award (extremely high first place score) in the teacher’s tap division.
In addition, Messamore won the First Place Overall High Score from all the teacher’s divisions and categories combined.
Each of these performers has qualified to represent the Southeast at the national finals to be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center July 1-6. That competition will be televised on ESPN.
These winners are all students of Dani Rose Prevette at Tri-Cities Talent. They will perform their award-winning routines at the Wellmont Regional Performance Center for “The Wizard of Oz” on the main campus of Northeast State June 21-23.
You also can see the performances at www.eliteproduxions.biz