Local dancers win titles

ROCK HILL — Dancers from Foothills Dance Arts competed in Dance Machine America’s National Dance Championships in Rock Hill the last week of June.

The dancers competed in solos, duets, groups and the solo title competition. Dancers represented both Anderson and Pickens counties and ranged in age from 8 to adult.

The solo title competition consisted of interview, audition class, stage presence and solo performance. Lillian Goodman competed in the junior division, and Maddisyn Busby competed in the mini division. Busby won a class award, interview award, stage presence award and placed first runner-up.

In the regular solo competition portion, several members of Foothills Dance Arts competition teams competed. Busby earned an elite gold and placed eighth overall in the mini division. Goodman earned an elite gold for her pointe solo and a platinum for her contemporary solo in the junior advance division. Lou Lou Gilstrap earned an elite gold for her lyrical solo. Kaitlyn Ellison earned an elite gold and placed fifth overall with her lyrical solo. Karis Bass won an elite gold with her solo in the senior division.

Bass and Goodman competed their duet “Don’t Tell,” earning a platinum rating. Their duet was also second overall in the teen division.

In the group division, the dancers competed their jazz dance “Mein Herr” and their contemporary dance “Gravity.” Mein

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