Local dancers set to compete this weekend, look to community for support


GRAFTON— Nine local dancers will be representing Taylor County on the big stage this weekend, as they travel to Pittsburgh to compete in the Starbound National Talent Competition series and are hoping to garner some support from home. 

Studio C owner Casey Cox shared that nine of her soloists have been selected to hit the stage at the next level, and while the event won’t kick off until Friday, she already couldn’t be prouder of those attending. 

“For the last few years, the dance world, like a lot of other things, has been upended. Covid took a toll on my dancers and their typical seasons. This year is the most normal we’ve had in some time, and yet we have still been forced to miss a lot of class,” she explained. “Nevertheless, I have this very special group of girls that have been working so hard with extra classes. They have been spending their evenings and weekends at the studio to prepare for this competition. I have been thoroughly impressed with their dedication.” 

Dancing for Studio C this weekend in the 11-12 Junior Pre-teen solos category will be Jordan Cox, Hayden Hicks, Abi Ford, Arabella Jones, Lucky Jones and Ciarra Spring. 

These six routines will perform on Friday, March 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

In addition, Cox will also be taking Junior Petite Soloist Chloe McDonald, Senior Soloist Rylee Jones, who will be competing on Saturday, March 12 beginning at 8:00 a.m. and Super Senior Soloist Kimmie Workman,who will round out the weekend on Sunday, March 13

“While this is a competition and these girls are more than capable of placing, for us, taking this trip is more about the experience that will be gained and the memories they will be making,” Cox noted. 

While guests for the event remain limited with COVID precautions in place, there is still a way that locals can support these dancers and the hard work they’ve put in. 

Those wishing to do so may download the Starbound Mobile app, which can be found in the app or play store just searching “Starbound”, ahead of the competition and will be able to utilize this on the days of the event to cast votes for Studio C dancers in the audience choice. 

Once the event starts, folks will be able to open the app on each event day and select the routine they wish to vote for. 

“Starbound Audience Choice is just an extra award they give out to the girls with the most votes. Our community is always great about supporting our youths, so I hope people will consider taking part in this and support each one of these young ladies. I know these girls would appreciate having people back home cheering them on,” Cox said.

In addition, the event will be livestreamed to watch from the comfort of your own home. 

Cox noted that the link for the livestream, along with exact schedules for the event have not yet been released, however, you can keep an eye on the Studio C Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StudioCdancing,  for competition updates, as well the link to watch. 

The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to wish the dancers of Studio C good luck this weekend!

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