Freeport, Illinois — If you have been around the Freeport area for any length of time odds are you have heard of S&R Dance Studio located in downtown Freeport. While you may have heard of the dance studio, you may not have heard just how awesome these dancers are.
Over the past couple of weekends S&R Dance Studio has competed in two competitions, one in Rockford and one in Wheeling. The competitions include dozens of dance studios from all over the Midwest who get together and compete. The competition held in Wheeling was a ‘convention’ style competition where dancers took class for two days with some of the top choreographers and teachers in the industry.
S&R says their competitive program ranges in ages 6-20, has 75 dancers and consists of dancers from 30 plus towns and cities from Stockton to Dixon to Rockford to Monroe and to Byron.
Among just some of the awards received, in the Rockford competition S&R Dance took 1st place in the Petite Small Group Rising Star overall with a performance to Lonely Goatherd and 1st place in the Petite Large Group Rising Star overall with a performance to Chihuahua.
Individual accolades include Kierra Zahradka who took 1st place in Junior Solo Shining Star overall and Aubrianna Mccabe who took 10th place in Junior Solo Shining Star overall.
Other highlights include;
1st Overall – In Love With A Monster – S&R Dance
Junior Small Group
- 1st Overall – Bop Til You Drop – S&R Dance
- 4th Overall – Absolutely Not – S&R Dance
- 6th Overall – Billy A Dick – S&R Dance
- 7th Overall – Shine – S&R Dance
Junior Large Group
- 1st Overall – Me And My Girls – S&R Dance
- 5th Overall – Next To You – S&R Dance – Ashley Crawford
- 6th Overall – Painting Greys – S&R Dance – Tessa Tucker
- 8th Overall – He’s A Dream – S&R Dance – Ivannie Jones
- 13th Overall – Experience – S&R Dance – Abby Price
- 15th Overall – On My Own – S&R Dance – Emma Blackbourn
- 3rd Overall – Pompei – S&R Dance
Teen Small Group
- 1st Overall – Way I Do – S&R Dance
- 3rd Overall – Who Am I To Say – S&R Dance
- 5th Overall – Woman’s Work – S&R Dance
- 6th Overall – Another One Bites – S&R Dance
- 1st Overall – Station – S&R Dance – Sesily Gaffey
- 3rd Overall – Lay Down – S&R Dance – Abby Palmer
- 4th Overall – Night We Met – S&R Dance – Lindsey Brinkmeier
- 7th Overall- Six Feet Under – S&R Dance – Abby Kubatzke
- 10th Overall – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – S&R Dance – Faith Engelkens
- 11th Overall – Under Waterfall – S&R Dance – Bailey Hoesly
- 13th Overall – Run S&R Dance – Aalexxys Bostic
S&R says they have two more regional events left this year before their nationals in the Wisconsin Dells.
About S&R one person commented, “I don’t think a lot of Freeport and Freeport area residents know about how hard these kids work every week throughout the year to prepare for these competitions and learning dance skills”. They went on to say “the instructors do a fantastic job of working with these kids”.
Owner Nikki Spinden-Meagher says S&R’s mission is to “not only provide a fun, safe learning environment in a family-friendly atmosphere for ages 2 ½ – adults, but to teach others to believe in themselves while enjoying quality instruction”.
Their studio is located at 18 W Stephenson St. in downtown Freeport, Illinois. They can be reached on the web at www.srdance.com or by telephone at 815-233-4838.
S&R Dance Studio is celebrating their 35th year anniversary this year.
View All The Rockford Regional 2018 Results Below
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