Reagan Named Dance State Champs – Again!


Submitted By Cari Goodyear

Reagan Dance dominated again at the Showmakers of America State Championships this March. The Diamond Dancers placed first in the Small Varsity division and earned a $500 check for The Pinnacle High Point Award as the team with the highest cumulative points overall in the competition. They were recognized as the Team High Score winners for each of their Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Kick routines within the categories of Showmanship, Choreography, Technique, and Entertainment, earning them overall Sweepstakes and Judges Awards as well. State Championship Award also was presented to the Diamond Dancer Officers consisting of Karlie Burrell, Kathryn Kiolbassa, Angela Kraus, Amy Opersteny, and Dawson Pressel based upon their Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary dances within the small team category.

The Silver Stars Drill Team earned another State Championship in the Junior Varsity division, making it their astounding fourth consecutive year in a row as State Champs. Also presented with the Sweepstakes and Judges award, they received first place finishes in Showmanship, Choreography, and Precision for their Military, Jazz, Pom, and Hip Hop categories. Junior Varsity Officers Katelyn Gutierrez, Bailey Kennedy, Alanis Mireles, Natalie deBonoPaula, and Emma Wood demonstrated their outstanding Technique, Choreography, and Showmanship abilities and were awarded with a second place finish.

In their second appearance at the SMA State Competition, the Charmers Pep Squad took second place honors with a winning performance in their Military routine with recognition of their Technical abilities and acknowledgement of their Team Showmanship with their Military and Jazz dances.

Other notable recognition at State Competition included Soloist Karlie Burrell who earned third place; Duet by sisters Kathryn and Emily Kiolbassa who earned an impressive second place finish; and Diamond Officers Amy Opersteny and Dawson Pressel who placed fifth in State with their moving duet.

In several other Regional competitions this past February, numerous awards were received for Solo performances: Karlie Burrell (1st & 2nd place finishes); Angela Kraus (1st Runner Up); Taylor Bass (3rd Place & 4th Runner-Up); Eva Lorenz (2nd Runner-Up); Emily Cwiklik (1st Place); Brooke Lester (2nd Place); Hannah Cavazos (4th Place); and Emily Kiolbassa (1st Runner-Up in Pep division). Duet Dawson Pressel and Amy Opersteny shined with two first place awards. Sister duets Angela/Lindsey Kraus and Kathryn/Emily Kiolbassa both earned impressive First Runner-Up finishes.

Diamond Dancer Officers earned Best in Class, Regional Champions with High Point. Both Diamond Dancer and Silver Star Teams were named Best of Best and Best in Class respectively with special recognition in Showmanship, Entertainment, Choreography, Precision, and Technique categories. In addition, Team Sweepstakes was also awarded to the Charmers Pep Squad team and Showmanship recognition in their Pom and Jazz routines. Congratulations on these outstanding accomplishments and a successful 2017 competition season.