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Three Area Dancers Place at State H.S. Dance Finals

Posted: Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 4:48 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News - Brian Adams

Three area dancers were among the top-ranked area performers at the Iowa State High School Dance Solo competition, held this past weekend at Newton High School.

Taryn Brent of Pleasantville won the 2nd place trophy in the Class II Dance division, while Abigail Bunch and Cali Wilson from Norwalk won 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Class VI competition.

Thirteen other competitors from Marion and Warren counties won either top 10 trophies or the Superior Medalist award.

Over 800 performers from around Iowa took part in the competition; dancers were divided into one of eight classes, determined by school size.

Marion County Dance soloists:

Class I Dance: 76 contestants
Twin Cedars – Katelyn Bakalar, Superior Medalist

Class II Dance: 78 contestants
Taryn Brent, 2nd Place Trophy winner
Paige Busick, 4th Place Trophy winner
Emma Padellford, 9th Place Trophy winner
Payton Bumgardner, Superior Medalist

Class V Dance: 78 contestants
Raeghan Breazeale – 6th Place Trophy winner
Lane Franck – 7th Place Trophy winner
Danielle Mattox – Superior Medalist

Bailey Knouse – 10th Place Trophy winner
Julia Smart – Superior Medalist
Erin Nossaman – Superior Medalist

Warren County Dance soloists:

Class I Dance: 76 contestants
Southeast Warren – Payton Nelson, Superior Medalist

Class V Dance: 76 contestants
Nicole Parks – Superior Medalist

Class VI Dance: 79 contestants
Abigail Bunch – 2nd Place Trophy winner
Cali Wilson – 3rd Place Trophy winner
Jocelynn Craig – Superior Medalist