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AmeriDance Crowned Top Soloists, Awarded Top Group Performances, and Honored Dancers with Specialty Awards in their Jewel Event
Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 - Westerville, OH – AmeriDance’s jewel event, the Heartland National Championship, showcased athletes from all over the Midwest on March 29, 2014 at the Pike Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis, IN. In the competition’s 6th year, AmeriDance had dancers from Wisconsin to New York take the stage in Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Kick, and Pom styles.

“We had an exciting competition this year with impressive choreography and heartfelt routines about topics like bullying and believing in yourself, that not only moved the audience, but our judges and staff,” reflected Jaimee Montgomery, AmeriDance Dance Manager.  “Dance tells a story and you can see how dedicated these athletes are through the emotion expressed through their performances.  We hope our competitions give them a stage to do just that – to tell their story.”

The national event crowned top soloists and awarded top group performances with jackets and trophies. These recipients included: 

Grand Champion (School Division): Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, OH), Varsity Hip Hop
Grand Champion (Studio/All Star Division): Energizers Dance Team (Hartford, WI), Senior Pom
Grand Champion (Junior & Under Division): Northwest Productions (Cincinnati, OH), Youth Pom

Top soloists who were awarded with a crown and sash, included soloists from Studio 84 (Murphsyboro, IL) who took home the Mini and Junior Top Solo titles, Energizers Dance Team’s Mackenzy Lehman awarded the Youth Top Solo title, and Senior Top Solo went to Crysten Moore of Chenaulte Dancers (Dayton, OH).

Specialty award ‘Show Your Spirit’, was awarded to Mystical Illusion (Cincinnati, OH) for their sportsmanship, crowd support, positive attitude, and overall spirit at the competition.  The WOW Choreography Award was presented to Ursuline Academy’s Varsity Prop team for truly ‘wowing’ the judges with amazing and original choreography. A Heartland Nationals tradition, the Dancer of the Year award is given to a high school senior who exemplifies outstanding dance performance, technique, great enthusiasm, and positive attitude throughout the year.  Crysten Moore was announced this year’s winner earning a $1,000 college scholarship, becoming an AmeriDance spokeswoman at select AmeriDance events, and is encouraged to apply to be selected as an AmeriDance Summer Camp Instructor. 

“I am humbly grateful to have been crowned AmeriDance's 2014 Dancer of the Year.  The quote ‘Your talent is not your own, you must use it in a way to give back’ is what I have kept in my mind every time I perform.  It reminds me that my talent is beyond me and has the power to serve others.  This is what motivates me.” says Moore.

Organizations can register and find out more information on AmeriDance competitions and results by visiting AmeriDanceInc.com or by calling 1-800-966-5867.

About AmeriCheer/AmeriDance
AmeriCheer, Inc. was founded in 1987 by a former Ohio State cheerleader, as a one-person instructional cheerleading clinic.  At the age of 23, Elizabeth “Liz” Rossetti, Founder and President of AmeriCheer Brands and coach of Otterbein University Cheerleading team, has grown the brand to a national cheerleading and dance company, educational and instructional camp program, and an inspiration to young athletes throughout the nation.

AmeriCheer administers exciting cheerleading and dance competitions, educational summer camps throughout the United States, and our pinnacle InterNational event every year at Walt Disney World®, attracting countries around the world.  Our brands are members of the IEP (Independent Event Producers), whose mission is to collectively influence the cheerleading and dance industry, to promote independence, and work to insure our long-term viability in the industry.

To strengthen its influence, AmeriCheer is the parent company of AmeriDance, an instructional and competitive dance company, Eastern Cheer & Dance Association (EASTERN), a competitive cheer and dance company located in Virginia, and Victory Wear, an apparel company.

AmeriCheer & AmeriDance
20 Collegeview Road
Westerville, OH 43081
1-800-966-JUMP (5867)

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