CLINTON — The 2016-2017 Clinton Dance Xtreme competition team didn’t have just a great season, according to dance team director Kimberly Alexander, it had an outstanding season.
The 13-member competitive dance team ranges in age from 5-18. For the third straight year, the team has returned to Clinton as National Champions.
This year, the team brought home not one, but two National Championships in July from the BravO! National Dance Competition, held in Ames, Iowa. They competed July 11-16.
Under the Big Top (Junior large group) and Hard Knock Life (Petite small group) were the two dances that won the title of National Champion. Under the Big Top beat out five other large groups and Hard Knock Life beat out 18 other small groups for the national title; all from larger studios.
In addition, the team also placed four dances in 2nd place; two dances in 3rd place; two dances in 4th place as well one dance each in 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th places.
Among the overall placements, adjudication awards were given to each dance. Dance Xtreme received five Elite High Gold and 15 Platinum awards, which are the highest individual placement you can receive.
Two dances, Hard Knock Life and River Deep, were invited to compete in the Standing O!vation Showcase at the end of the week to compete for the Grand National Championship amongst small groups, large groups and line routines.
Numerous dances also earned other special awards in addition to any adjudicated/overall awards.
Judge’s Awards were presented to three routines, Under the Big Top - “Freaky Fun”, Sisters - “Family Fun” and Great Balls of Fire - “Hot! Hot! Hot!.” Two soloists were presented with special awards in their divisions, with over 60 soloists in each session of two age groups, Queen Bee (Savanna Williamson) - Full Inaside Dance Intensive Scholarship ($500 value) and Broken Home (Lauren Broden) - National Excellence in Showmanship Award.
The National Standing O!vation Award (awarded to the routine that had the “WOW factor” and encompassed the total package amongst all of the small groups, large groups and lines in that level of competition) was presented to Teen Small Group, I Wanna Be A Rockette.
In addition to the success of all of the dances, Alexander was also awarded as one of the “Teachers of the Year” at BravO! National Finals.