Dance Explosion middle school team wins world championship
A middle school team from the Dance Explosion dance studio in New Richmond won a world championship in a competition held Tuesday.
The Star Dance Alliance 2017 World Dance Championship was held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The Dance Explosion middle school team is coached by Mikaela Moening. Dance Explosion is owned by Shannon Wisemiller. The middle school team, named "The Newsies," had 45 teams competing in its age group. There are 12 different countries that have teams competing at the world championships.
Wisemiller said Dance Explosion had teams compete at a NexStar competition in March and they earned a gold ticket, earning them a chance to compete at the World Championships. The Dance Explosion high school team is scheduled to compete at the World Championships in their division on Saturday morning. Their performance can be followed online at www.worlddancechampionship.com under the team name "bringemout." They are scheduled to compete at 9 a.m. Central Time.
After the teams earned their gold ticket, they began fund-raising and practicing to get ready for their chance to compete at such an elite level. Wisemiller said this is the first time Dance Explosion has had any teams qualify for the world championships in her 26 years of owning the business.
Moening praised the middle school team for how well the girls handled the pressure of competing at the world championship level.
"I am beyond proud of all that they have done. They proved themselves on that stage and let their lights shine," Moening said.
Girls who competed at the world championships for the Dance Explosion middle school team are Abby Andersen, Ariel Holzbauer, Brenna Thoen, Brooklyn Green, Chloe Quist, Claire Zdroik, Delaney Steffen, Drew Kreibich, Ellie Sager, Emily Thyne, Emily Weiss, Emma Karpenske, Hannah Keilen, Kalley Smith, Kaylee Getschel, Kendall Carper, Lexi Griffin, Natalie Thyne, Olivia Dunlap, Rose Gillis and Tessa Jacobson.