A Farmington dance team that competed in regional and national championships this summer came home with several impressive prizes for their efforts.
On Stage Performing Arts Center is a competitive and recreational studio in Farmington now in its fifth season. The studio is located in Suite 198 of The Factory on West First Street. While the studio is open to both girls and boys, the teams that took part in both competitions were made up entirely of girls.
“We’re the new kids on the block, sure, but we’ve been competing for five years,” said studio owner Jacque Gonzales. “We’ve done really well with our competitive teams and this year has been just amazing. We competed in St. Louis for regionals. You have to qualify there to go to nationals by winning.
“In the little routine, there were eight girls, and in our carnival routine, there were 12. The girls were between 4 and 15 years old. They were so excited! was just phenomenal. of these studios in other cities are huge, and we’re pretty small, so it was a huge honor to even be able to compete with them. Getting called back for two of our routines, out of hundreds, was incredible.
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“We took our routines to Nationals where there were almost 500 or 600 acts. They narrowed it down to 15 acts. Teams came from all over – there were studios from Arkansas to Florida and Tennessee. We had two dances to make it to the top 15 overall in the competition – first place in the petite category and second place in the junior category. It was a huge honour!”
The girls finished winners of the Encore National Championship and won Encore second place. They were also named senior title winners at Addiction Dance.
“Encore’s winning routine ‘Bad to the Bone’ took first place and ‘Carnival’ took second place,” Gonzales said. “August Hanlon’s solo won the title. We also had a trio of Laney Cassidy, Blakely Mayes and Kinleigh Hayes who won the top trio in the 11 and under age group.”
Asked about the positive results children receive from being involved with a dance studio like the On Stage Performing Arts Center, Gonzales said, “In my experience, I just think it’s great for an extracurricular activity. It Creates lifelong friendships, that’s for sure. Gets them moving. They get the exercise they need, and it just keeps them out of trouble.
While the studio is located in Farmington, Gonzales pointed out that her students come from all over the area.
“They come from Fredericktown, from Potosi, from Desloge, from Farmington, from Park Hills, from Leadington,” she said. “They come from all over. I feel like our studio is a big family.
“Everyone at the studio has my phone number and they can call me anytime. We’re a professional studio with a lot of training. I was a Rams cheerleader and all of my teachers are well trained. I support our studio and I love it to death!”
Those who would like more information about On Stage Performing Arts Center are encouraged to email [email protected], check out the studio’s Facebook page, or call the office at 573-542-0632.
Kevin R. Jenkins is the editor of Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or [email protected]