Local dancers win national competition

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Sixteen dancers from the Academy of Dance Arts in Cape Girardeau took home top awards at the Footloose National Competition in Kansas City recently.

The girls, ranging in age from 13 to 18, performed a tap production number from the Will Rogers Follies entitled "Our Favorite Son." This was one of 250 dances performed during the weekend. The dance number received the high score for Senior Large Groups in the "Last Dance" event, as well as the top overall high score for the entire competition.

The girls qualified for national competition by receiving the overall high score at the St. Louis regional contest in May.

The Kansas City event was one of four national competitions, with others being held in Las Vegas, Chicago and Orlando.

The dancers are under the direction of Kara Finley, who also choreographed the winning number.

The studio received a cash prize in addition to a gift certificate to cover the costs of attending next year's Footloose Regionals.

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