Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 30, 2014

Russell dance team wins 10th national title


The Independent

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Russell High School Dance Team won a 10th National Championship Title at the 2014 Marching Auxilaries High School Dance Team National Championships at the Fort Worth Convention Center March 21 and 22.

The RHS Dance Team is the 2014 M.A. Small Varsity Best in Class National Champions. In addition to the overall title, the RHS Dance Team is also the 2014 Small Varsity Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern and Novelty National Champions. The RHS Dance Team also placed 2nd in Small Varsity Pom.  By claiming the Small Varsity Best in Class Title, the RHS Dance Team won National Champion Jackets for the eighth time. The RHS Dance Team also was named to the prestigious National Winner’s Circle by being one of the highest scoring teams at the competition regardless of size and classification.

Members of the RHS Dance Team are Mariah Addington, Maria Clevenger, Olivia Couchot, Karoline Edmonds, Hannah Frazier, Emma Hamilton, Zoe Jones, Lexi Kitchen, Evey Long, Hailey Proctor, Kristen Ratliff, Natalie Swarts, Stephanie Swarts, Chloe Thorner, Katie Wesley and Ashton Young.

The RHS Dance Team Officer Line is the 2014 M.A. Small Varsity Officer Line Best in Class National Champions. In addition to the overall title, the RHS Dance Team Officer Line is also the 2014 Small Varsity Officer Line Jazz, Novelty and Lyrical National Champions. The RHS Dance Team Officer Line was also named to the prestigious National Winner’s Circle by being one of the highest scoring officer lines out of all officer lines regardless of size and classification.  Members of the RHS Dance Team Officer Line are Olivia Couchot, Karoline Edmonds, Kristen Ratliff, Natalie Swarts, Stephanie Swarts and Chloe Thorner.

The RHS Dance Team Large Ensemble placed third in Ensemble Competition. Members are Mariah Addington, Maria Clevenger, Emma Hamilton, Lexi Kitchen, Evey Long, Natalie Swarts, Stephanie Swarts, Katie Wesley and Ashton Young.

In duet/trio competition, Olivia Couchot and Chloe Thorner placed 4th in 9th-12th grade competition.  Maria Clevenger, Karoline Edmonds, Kristen Ratliff, Chloe Thorner and Katie Wesley represented the RDT in solo competition and all received Superior Ratings.

The RHS Dance Team is coached and directed by Tammy Jo Edge and Whitey Jo Edge.