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Local dancers win at nationals

Members of the award-winning Short Dance Studio's dance group included (back, left to right) Talaina Ellis, Maddie Kraft, Taylor Mortensen, Katie Keehr and Brianna Burton. (Middle row) Sara Nagel, Gabby Maack and Katey Eickhoff. (Front row) Makenna Blietz and Onalie Dennis.

Short Dance Studio's "Blue Line" competition team competed at the Legacy National Dance Championships in Wisconsin Dells during the week of June 16.

The group received top honors for their jazz, tap and ballet routines and were awarded a special "Judges Choice" award for their storytelling abilities.

In addition, the dance troupe was invited back to perform in the elite "Showdown of the Legends," and received third place honors for their jazz number entitled, "Guilty."

Short Dance Studio is located in New Richmond.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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