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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Dance Visions Performing Arts Team members who competed at the Thunderstruck Dance Competition are, from left top row, Riana Cerceo, Dino Elias, Meredith Grasso, Alexis Arens, Jillian Raney and Ali Dauscher. In front are Suzie Elias and Derek Werle.
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Dance Visions Performing Arts Team recently competed at the Thunderstruck Dance Productions competition in Reno. In the first competition of the season in which the entire team competed, Dance Visions took most of the awards. A seven-day Carnival cruise for two to the Caribbean was awarded to Kelly Alvarez, director of Dance Visions and the team director, for having the highest scores for a team in the competition. She is taking Joan Elias, assistant team director and choreographer, with her on the cruise.

Novice Division: Alexis Arens received a Lightning Gold Award and placed first overall in the Junior Novice category. The trio of Alexis Arens, Meredith Grasso and Jillian Raney received a gold for first overall duo/trio and Jenna Fragola received a gold award for her solo in the Senior Novice Category. First overall Junior Novice Small Group and a gold award went to Alexis Arens, Bailey Adams, Jenna Fragola, Lexis Brooks and Nicki Simon.

Petite Division: First place Overall Small Group and a gold award went to Abigail Killebrew, Austin Brooks, Casey Huber, Corrine Novotny, Dakota Lynch, Kendal Ferris and Lauren George. Second place and a gold award went to Casey Huber, Lauren George, Kendal Ferris and Corinne Novotny. Lauren George was awarded third overall Petite Solo and received a gold award. The ’50s Girls duo with Corinne Novotny and Lauren George received a gold award.



Junior Division: Susie Elias received a Lightning Gold Award, a $50 cash award for achieving first overall Junior Solo, and a $500 scholarship to the Thunderstruck National Competition for receiving the highest score in the competition. Second place and a $25 cash award went to Whitney Gardner, who received a Lightning Gold Award, and third place and a Lightning Gold Award went to Casey Huber. Huber also received a judges’ choice “Most Entertaining” award. Fourth place and a gold award went to Meredith Grasso; fifth place, a gold award and the judges’ choice “Technical Excellence” award went to Jillian Dauscher, who also received a ninth place and gold award for a solo. Sixth place and a gold award went to Lexi Brooks and seventh place and a gold award went to Whitney Gardner.

First Overall Duo/Trio, Judges’ Choice “Dynamic Duo” and Lightning Gold Award was received by Susie Elias and Derek Werle. First Overall Junior Small Group and a gold award went to Jillian Raney, Meredith Grasso, Austin Brooks, Derek Werle, Jess Latta, TJ Kolesnik and Trevor Fairbank. Second Overall Large Group and a gold award went to the acrobatic routine with Alexis Arens, Ali Dauscher, Casey Huber, Corinne Novotny, Jessica Wahl, Kendal Ferris, Lauren George, Lexi Brooks, Nicki Simon, Riana Cerceo and Suzie Elias. Third Overall Large Group and gold award went to Ali Dauscher, Derek Werle, Dino Elias, TJ Kolesnik and Trevor Fairbank. Fifth Overall and a High Silver Award went to a ballet routine with Carleigh, Jillian and Ali Dauscher, Sabrina Swoger, Riana Cerceo, Morgan King, Lexi Brooks, Jillian Raney, Jenna Fragola, Bailey Adams and Alexis Arens. Receiving a gold award and the Judge’s Choice for their production number were Abigail Killebrew, Casey Huber, Jenna Fragola, Kendal Ferris, Sabrina Swoger, Alexis Arens, Corinne Novotny, Jess Latta, Lauren George, Suzie Elias, Ali Dauscher, Dakota Lynch, Jessica Wahl, Meredith Grasso, TJ Kolesnik, Bailey Adams, Derek Werle, Jillian Dauscher, Nicki Simon, Trevor Fairbank, Carleigh Dauscher, Dino Elias, Jillian Raney and Riana Cerceo.



Senior Category: Ali Dauscher took first place overall, received a $50 cash award and a Lightning Gold. Second place with a $25 cash award and third place were both taken by Riana Cerceo with Lightning Gold awards. Fourth place and a gold award went to Becca Lincoln who also received seventh and eighth place awards and two gold awards.

Ninth place, a gold award and Best Costume went to Jessica Wahl and 10th place and gold award went to Ali Dauscher. Gold awards were also received by Carleigh Dauscher and Morgan King.

First Overall Senior Duo/Trio and a Lightning Gold Award went to Riana Cerceo and Dino Elias, who also received the competition’s Most Entertaining award along with a $500 scholarship to the Thunderstruck National Competition. Second and third overall and gold awards went to Ali Dauscher and Kevin Novotny.

Morgan King and Carleigh Dauscher received a High Silver Award, and fifth Overall Senior Small Group and a gold award went to the tap routine with Dino Elias, Jessica Wahl, Jillian Dauscher, Meredith Grasso and Riana Cerceo. Seventh Overall Small Group and a gold award went to Becca Lincoln, Bailey Adams, Carleigh and Jillian Dauscher, Jenna Fragola, Jillian Raney, Meredith Grasso, Morgan King and Sabrina Swoger.

Dance Visions Performing Arts Center is located behind Round Hill Square shopping center and can be reached by calling (775) 588-5425.


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