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A4 SIDNEY HERALD, SUNDAYJULY 2|,20l9 SEOI‘tS Cutting Edge competes at national tournament in Wisconsin BYAMYEFTA Cutting Edge Dance Studio attended their national tournament June 27 July in Wisconsin Dells, Wis- consin. Owner and di- rector Jennifer Carli— le took dancers who performed 35 routines at the tournament. “Every year we qualify, but we go every two years, so it’s kind of a big deal,” Carlile said. “They had classes the whole month of June, really intense... We brought in two instructors, one from Vegas and one from Salt Lake City, who helped us better prepare.” Dancers completed 17 hours of boot camp at the beginning of June, which included running, stretching, plyometrics, Pilates, yoga, ballet tech- nique, tap technique and more, Carlile said. The troop then spent an average of 20 additional hours on routines — plus they put in work out- side the studio. The focused schedule paid off for the dance stu- dio, with many girls performing well at nationals. MaKenna Sparks won the Entertain- ment Award for the junior soloists cate- gory with her perfor- mance, “Mony, Mony.” In the Future Gems category, Madison Sparks placed fifth overall with her solo, “Can’t Sleep Love.” Cammy Heck placed ,llle have what you need for Cutting Edge Dance Studio dancers show off their honors at the 2019 national tourna- ment held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Dancers are, back from left, Ellie Burns, Ella Norby, Cassidy Wadley, Abby Schilling and Madison Sparks. Front: MaKenna Sparks. FINAL EXTRAVAGANZA CALL BACKS Sobbin’ Blues (tap) Abby Schilling, Alex Lonski, Ave Norby, Ellie Burns and Gracie Hentges. Choreographed by Jennifer Carlile. Other awards: Final Extravaganza call back, Enter- tainment Award, Ruby. Turned Up (hip-hop) Brielle Gorder, Cassidy Wadley, Emma Doty, Gracie Burns, Katrina Meldahl and Kierra Huotari. Choreo- graphed by Tarah Hillesiand. Dancing In the Rain (tap) Brielle Gorder, Cammy Heck, Emma Doty, Katrina Meldahl and Kylee Byer. Choreographed by Jennifer Carlile. Other awards: Choreographer Award (Carlile), 4th overall in national tournament, Diamond. sixth overall in the routines that called Elite Gems category for “Sunday Finest,” as well as earning an Entertainment Award and Director’s Choice. “There were three €M‘iWi’3’fiafiisfifi back to compete for the finals in the ex- travaganza,” Carlile said. Those three perfor— mances were, “Sob- New Lower bin’ Blues,” “Turned Up,” and “Dancing in the Rain.” Carlile scored her own cho- reographer award for the “Dancing in the Rain” tap performance. During nationals, an extra performance is held called Spot- light Elite, which can be qualified for by so- loists placing in the top 10 at regional tour- naments. For Cutting Edge, dancers who qualified were Gracie Hentges, Emma Doty, Cammy Heck, MaK- enna Sparks, Emma McPherson and Bri- elle Gorder. They had rehearsals every day led by Johanna Spakie and then per— formed routines in the Montana Ratesl, Competing at the national tournament in Wisconsin for Cutting Edge Dance Studio are, from left, Emma McPherson, Macey Sparks, Jennifer Carlile (director), Eden McPherson and Ezzi McPherson. Extravaganza. “The main instruc- tor was a Cirque du Soleil dancer. She works with J.Lo. She’s really famous in the danceworld,” Carlile said. “The girls got to take classes with this lady, learn a routine and then perform it on the stage at the end.” Carlile said after all the work they did in June, it was grati‘ fying to see her danc- ers perform well at nationals. TIIP lillll “I did tear up a cou- ple times,” she said. “I was proud of them because that whole month of June was intense. It was really, really hard.” She said the sched- ule this summer was tough and dancers rose to the challenge. “It’s amazing how much they improved. 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