After years of competing against each other, 12-year-olds Morgan Preston-Rumble and Taylor Werth of Fancy Dancin decided to team up this year and become the “Dynamic Duo.”
Dynamic only begins to describe their year. Choreographed by Chelsee Hasselbring and tap dancing to the song “Istanbul,” they took home three platinum awards and one platinum elite. Platinum elite is an award that was only given to two dances at Fancy Dancin and is given to dancers with exceptional talent who earn bonus points for their routine. In addition to the platinum awards, they were the category winner at each competition. They won grand champion at the Eclipse competition, which was held at the NSC in Blaine. Most recently, they competed at the Midwest Starz Nationals in Wisconsin Dells. Their high score put them in the running to compete in a special Grand Nationals competition, where they ended up taking home the first place trophy in the preteen division. They plan to compete at county fairs over the summer and will be trying out for the Minnesota State Fair as well.
Morgan’s group, the Sunbursts, also made it into the Grand Nationals competition at Wisconsin Dells for the second year in a row. Their tap dance “Freakazoid” was choreographed by Miss Chelsee, Miss Megan and Miss Amanda. They won several judge’s choice awards throughout the year including the “rockin rhythm” award at nationals. Their platinum score put them in the Grand Nationals where they ended up taking home the third place trophy.
Also making it into the Grand Nationals were all tappers from Fancy Dancin. Maggie Evans, Sarah Corbett, Kristina Dewanz all made it in for their solos. Sarah ended up taking home the Grand Nationals trophy for the teen division. Sarah and Kristina’s tap duet also made it into the Grand Nationals to compete in the senior duet category.
The Sweethearts are a first year competition group who competed in the super mini division at Nationals. Averaging age 2-4 and choreographed by Miss Bobbi, they ended up taking home the high point award for their jazz dance “Tarzan and Jane.”