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March 28, 2013

Russell dancin’ with the stars

Dance team captures another national title

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — The Russell High School dance team won its ninth national championship here at the 2013 M.A. High School Dance Team National Championships at the Fort Worth Convention Center last weekend.

The team is the 2013 M.A. Small Varsity Best in Class National Champion. In addition to the overall title, the team is also the 2013 Small Varsity Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Pom National Champions. By claiming the Small Varsity Best in Class title, the team won national champion jackets for the seventh time.

 The team also won National Outstanding Technique Awards and 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 team are: Mariah Addington, Allie Beason, Maria Clevenger, Karoline Edmonds, Lexi Kitchen, Jessica May, Kristen Ratliff, Miranda Rogers, Natalie Swarts, Stephanie Swarts, Chloe Thorner and Ashton Young.

The team Officer Line is the 2013 M.A. Small Varsity Officer Line Best in Class National Champions. In addition to the overall title, the Officer Line is the 2013 Small Varsity Officer Line Jazz, Novelty and Lyrical National Champions. The Officer Line also won National Outstanding Technique Awards and was 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 Officer Line are: Allie Beason, Karoline Edmonds, Kristen Ratliff, Natalie Swarts, Stephanie Swarts and Chloe Thorner.

In solo competition, Kristen Ratliff placed third in Senior Solo Finals for 11th and 12th grades and received a superior rating. Also competing and receiving superior ratings in Senior Solo competition were Allie Beason, Lexi Kitchen and Jessica May. In Junior Solo competition, Mariah Addington, Maria Clevenger and Karoline Edmonds also received a Superior Ratings.

The dance team is coached and directed by Tammy Jo Edge and Whitley Jo Edge.

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