High Country dancers kick up wins
High Country Dance Studio attended the Dance Machine Performing Arts Competition in Lenoir April 24 and 25, and came back with all top honors and awards.
Twelve dancers - including clogging, jazz, hip-hop, cheer and pom pon - placed in the top five overall in their age categories. They received one fifth overall award, three fourths overall awards (including a clogging solo by Addison Rudicile), two third overall awards, two second overall awards, two first overall awards and two grand champion overalls.)
Their senior competitive clogging routine, "Beatbox," came home with the top award of the competition and received the highest score of the entire weekend, out of more than 300 dances.
The teams will go on to compete at the national level June 24-27.
The local teams that competed included the following:
? Impact (jazz and hip-hop), instructed by Shauna Godwin: Will Burrow, Mi Doan, Gabrielle Godwin, Tylia Grimes, Lauren Kaudelka, Brittany Lackey, Rachel Price, Briana Schaller and Jamie Schaller.
? Mini Mountaineers (hip-hop and pom pom), instructed by Shauna Godwin: Cameron Church, Branan Cobb, Alessandra Densham, Delia Forrester, Libby Glidewell, Macie Keller, Abigail Marlett, Carolyn Murray, Eden Richards, Addison Rudicile, Kimberly Trivette, Taylor Walker and Peyton Walton.
? Ladybugs (clogging), instructed by Char Chiarolanzio, Gloria Coffey and Tabatha Wilcox: Alexis Eggers, Gracie Grayson, DeAnna Greer, Grace McClure, Angelina Olivares and Ava Williamson.
? Sweethearts (Wednesday clogging), instructed by Char Chiarolanzio, Gloria Coffey, and Tabatha Wilcox: Amber Chiarolanzio, Brooke Chiarolanzio, Cameron Church, Marley Forrester, Savannah Morgan, Carolyn Murray, Elizabeth Presnell, Hannah Saunders, Caroline Smith, Ella Thompson and McKinlee Watson.
? Sweethearts (Tuesday clogging), instructed by Gloria Coffey: Brooke Chiarolanzio, Anna Konrady, Taylor Lipford, Taylor Parsons, Cassidy Presnell, Addison Rudicile, Lily Snyder, Sarah Snyder, Taylor Walker and Olivia Williamson.
? Starz/Storm (clogging), instructed by Amber Hendley and Tabatha Wilcox: Brooke Chiarolanzio, Crystal Cornett, Dakota Harmon, Chelsea Jackson, Debra McGlamery, Tammy Rich, Sierra Sweeney and Hannah Wood.
? Storm (clogging), instructed by Amber Hendley: Kendra Blevins, Char Chiarolanzio, Gloria Coffey, Gabrielle Godwin, Shauna Godwin, Grace Greer, Amber Hendley, MaKenzie Presnell, Jordan Taylor, Alicia Townsend, Tabatha Wilcox and Katlyn Wilson.
? High Voltage Cheer, instructed by Gloria Coffey and Katie Sweeney: Kayla Ann Harmon, Reagan Hughes, Hailey Marshall, Chloe Miller, Mackenzie Scott, Jesse Wall and Sabrina Wall, with special guest, McKenzie McLean.