SWARTZ CREEK — Smooth Steps Dance and Gymnastics of Swartz Creek finished their competitive season with the great honor of their gymnastics dance Because We Can being chosen as the “Video of the Year “at the Rainbow Connection Competition held in Grand Rapids on April 30.
They only choose one out of more than 200 acts. This act will be on Facebook for votes and hopefully will be honored as the Video of the Year from all over the country. All the competitive teams also competed at the VIP competition held in Grand Rapids on April 15.
The teams brought home numerous Double Platinums. Platinums and High Golds. High Gold being the highest honor at the VIP and Double Platinums being the highest at the Rainbow. The teams also received numerous outstanding awards for tap technique, Showmanship, Energy, Most Entertaining and Costume. Ninety percent of the dances also finished in the top overalls.
The teams consists of girls ages 4-18 and are divided into teams of tiny, mini, Junior and Senior.
The team will be traveling to Florida in June to perform at Disney World. Instructors for the teams are Alison Willison, Gail Kivett, Niki Gilbert, Heather Stanley, Danielle Abdella, and Felecia Harchik.
Teams members are: Ava Allison, Mackenzie Bauserman, Alena Benjamin, Taylor Carter,Breanne Defoe, Melanie Fengolio, Selleka Fick, Leigha Forsyth,Erica Gilbert, Kendall Gilbert, Nicole Haskins, Adrienne Howells, Madison Janes, Jana Kraysovic, Rachel Kraysovic, Macey lewis, Elliana Logsgon, Olivia Logsdon, Sydney Magnity, Kailyn Mchugh, Natalie Mills, Michilah Nemitz, Shelby Nemitz, Alasia Panek, Braxton Pifer, Alexis Roshner, Abigail Schell, Samantha Shoup, Shayla Shoup, Aliyah Stanley, Charles Stanley, Zoe Sutter, Karson Wascher, Kennadi Wascher, Jordan Taylor, Hailey York and Alyssa Juratich.
The team will be heading to Orlando, Florida to perform at Disney World in June and is getting ready for its annual Spring recital New York. Tickets are on sale May 16. — G.G.