The Music City All Stars created history this weekend as the first Tennessee-based dance team to medal in the Dance Worlds competition. This global contest featured 30 countries and 3500 dancers competing over three days at the Coronado Springs Resort in Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
This is an invitation only event, and dance teams qualify as they compete throughout the season at individual national championships. “We were awarded bids or invitations to bring a record breaking seven dances this year, the most for any team representing the U.S.” says Coach Kirstin Hawk. “We brought 44 amazingly talented dancers to Orlando”.
These dancers represent a large number of Middle Tennessee schools with students from Brentwood High School, Centennial High School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Ravenwood High School, Ensworth, Father Ryan High School, Franklin High School, Independence High School, Mt Juliet Christian Academy, Page High School, and Siegel High School.
“The commitment it takes to perform at this level is incredible” states Coach Andrea Goble. “The competition is fierce, and our athletes give up so much of their time, on top of their studies, to practice almost year round.”
The result was a hard-earned bronze medal in the Large Senior Jazz category, as well as 5th place in Small Senior Jazz, 6th place in Large Senior Hip Hop, and 8th place in Large Senior Pom. In all, six of the seven performances resulted in top 10 finishes which is a record for the program. Coach Hawk affirms “There are other dance teams from Tennessee that participate in this global competition, but we are the first to earn a medal.”
The Music City All Star program is unique in that our focus is on dance teams. “Many of our alumni go on to dance collegiately.” says Coach Valerie Reynolds, herself a former Coach and dancer for the University of Tennessee. Want to be a Music City All Star? Tryouts for the upcoming season are May 11th and 12th. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-915-1047.
Founded in 2007 and comprised of more than one hundred and fifty students from the greater Nashville area, the nationally ranked Music City All Stars follow the United States All Star Federation standards which are based on athleticism as well as performance. This is the same organization that governs high school and collegiate dance teams whose competitions are broadcast annually on ESPN. The Music City All Stars prepare for structured competitions at both the national and international level, and call The Dance Authority Team Training Center home. For more information, please visit Music City All Stars website.
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