The Music General performing lines earned awards March 13-14 at the Encore Performing Arts Showcase in Bloomington.
The showcase is a regional and national dance (tap, ballet, lyrical and jazz) competition based out of Fort Worth, Texas, with master classes taught by professionals from across the country.
More than 100 dancers, ages 6-18, from the Music General dance studio in Brainerd competed in 20 events in tap and jazz dance. The dancers received seven Platinum awards (scores of 285-300), eight High Gold awards (scores of 270.0-284.99) and five Gold awards (scores of 255-269.99). A tap duet, "Walk this Way," performed by Matt Capelle and Alex Kuhn, was awarded a perfect score of 300 points.
The group also received the following awards:
* Senior High Scoring Line -- "KOTO," tap, ages 15-16, 296.74.
* Junior Small Group High Score Award -- "W-O-M-A-N," jazz, Junior Diamonds.
* Junior Large Group High Score Award -- "My Baby," jazz, ages 7-8.
* Junior Large Group High Score Award -- "If Love is a Crime," tap, ages 11-12.
Judges also awarded the jazz dance "Feel Like Cryin'" the Great Staging award. The tap number "KOTO" also received the Critics' Choice award, which has a cash value of more than $700 and includes an invitation for the group to perform at the Encore National Performing Arts Showcase in Las Vegas in July.
Twenty-two of the studio's dancers attended a master class March 12. Through this class, seven of the studio's dancers received scholarships to master classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Encore Nationals in Las Vegas.
Rachelle Reed (left), Randie Swanson, Emma Palm and Tiffani Cox, as well as Jenny Johnson (hidden) performed at the showcase in Bloomington.
The following dancers received Broadway Dance Scholarships: Chloe Opp, Madison Landsburg and
Michelle Reed of Brainerd. Encore National Scholarships were awarded to Kristin Goddard of Verndale, and Whitney Shepherd, Danielle Reed and Ella Strother of Brainerd.
Music General instructors are Sue Kuhn, Lindsey Koop, Amy Borash and Mabelle Tamasy.
Sparklers: Madison Adams, Kaitlyn Christiansen, Angela Cole, Mackenzie Dondelinger, Megan Duhn, Ellie Erholtz, Hannah Erickson, Abby Holloway, Emalie Johnson, Madison Landsburg, Nikki Leland, Trevina Smith, Morgan A. Steffen, Morgan R. Steffen, Melissa Svoboda, Claire Uhlman, Gabe Durant. "My Baby Jazz," ages 7-8, High Gold. "Old MacDonald," tap, ages 7-8, Gold.
Dazzlers: Becky Anderson, Alice Bertram, Courtney DeChaine, Claire Erholtz, Jazmine Hite, Devon Hutchinson, Sarah Johnson, Kami Kaderlik, Alexie Larson, Anna Quincer, Kelsey Rice, Lizzie Saatoff, Corinna Schmidt, Haley VanSteenwyk, Hanna Stoll, Lea Thorkelson. "Whoa Now," jazz, ages 9-10, Gold. "Tell Him," tap, ages 9-10, Gold.
Crystals: Autumn Aeling, Jillian Anderson, Kaliann Crawford, Courtney DeChaine, Nicole DeChaine, Lisa Fleisher, Stephanie Groen, Staci Gunnarson, Karlee Haglin, Mackayla Headlee, Stephanie Jensen, Marlee Landsburg, Lauren Makey, Megan Marlatt, Jordan Peterson, Karyn Pfeifer, Bianca Spalj, Becky Sanwood, Giselle Tamasy, Kelsey Terhaar. "Mama Mia," jazz, ages 9-10, High Gold. "Footloose Doll," tap, ages 9-10, High Gold.
Sapphires: Molly Baker, Sarah Brill, Kristin Goddard, Alyssa Haglin, Taylor Headlee, Madisyn Hilborn, Emily Holland, Kourtney Holloway, Abby Hradsky, Erin LePage, Alyssa Marlatt, Melissa Morey, Molly Peltoma, Laura Pfeifer, Brynn Samp, Nikki Weber. "Come Together," jazz, ages 11-12, Gold. "If Love is a Crime," tap, ages 11-12, High Gold.
Rubies: Heathery Beyer, Hannah Brueland, Tiffany Cox, Ashley Grunewald, Jenny Johnson, Marah Johnson, Stephanie Kinney, Amber Laffin, Emma Palm, Jenelle Pfiefer, Jillian Polansky, Rachelle Reed, Becky Scheeler, Nicole Spalj, Hannah Steinke, Ella Strother, Randie Swanson, Kari Fread. "Feel Like Cryin," jazz, ages 15-16, High Gold. "Scatmusic," tap, ages 15-16, Platinum.
Emeralds: Maddison Aeling, Matt Capelle, Kari Fread, Marissa Gobel, Tara Hegstad, Kati Hilborn, Ashley Hillstrom, Sara Huber, Ali Kavanaugh, Alex Kuhn, Emily MacDonald, Kelsey Moen, Chloe Opp, Jenny Peltoma, Nikki Phillips, Allison Potvin, Natalie Potvin, Danielle Reed, Michelle Reed, Ali Samp, Whitney Shepherd, Brittney Stumvoll. "Ocean Club," jazz, ages 15-16, Platinum. "KOTO," tap, ages 15-16, Platinum.
Diamonds: Kati Hilborn, Ashley Hillstrom, Sara Huber, Emily MacDonald, Chloe Opp, Danielle Reed, Michelle Reed, Ali Samp, Whitney Shepherd. "Tainted Love," jazz, small group, ages 15-16, Platinum.
Teen Diamonds: Tiffani Cox, Jenny Johnson, Emma Palm, Rachelle Reed, Randie Swanson. "It's Raining Men," jazz, small group ages 13-14, High Gold.
Junior Diamonds: Sarah Brill, Alyssa Haglin, Taylor Headlee, Madisyn Hilborn, Emily Holland, Laura Pfeifer, Brynn Samp. "W-O-M-A-N," jazz, small group ages 11-12, High Gold.
Randie Swanson and Emma Palm, tap duet, age 13, "Remix," Platinum (295.0).
Matt Capelle and Alex Kuhn, tap duet, age 17, "Walk this Way," Platinum (300.0).
Allison and Natalie Potvin, tap duet, age 17, "Kimba Samba," Platinum (296.01).
Kristin Goddard, tap solo, age 11, "Mother's Son in Law," High Gold.
Nikki Phillips, musical theater solo, age 18, "Fan Tan Fannie," Gold.
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