GATLINBURG — Gatlinburg, Tennessee was one of the locations for the Nationals event for the NEXSTAR Talent Competition. Dance Expressions Dance Studio had three of their soloist’s head south to try out the big event for the first time.
The trip proved successful. Competing in the Intermediate level for age 8 and under was St. Christopher School student Reagan Downey. Downey ranked with one of four platinum ratings for her age group and placed second overall. Naming a top ten for her age level, the placeholders received plaques while the top three received trophies.
Torre Romano, a recent graduate of Butler High School, competed in the 15-18 age group in the advanced division and received platinum ratings for her Contemporary, Jazz and Open Categories. She placed third overall out of 56 dancers around the country with her open routine titled “Addiction” and in the additional Title Category she was first runner-up and received her second trophy and a cash scholarship.
Romano will continue her dance career as a freshman on the University of Cincinnati, where the dance team is ranked both nationally and internationally. The Bearcat Dancers were recently named second in the 10 best college dance teams in the nation.
Choreographer for Reagan and Taryn is Ali Romano. Choreographer for Torre Romano is Torre, Ali, and Sami Romano. Director of the studio is Lori Downey.
For more information on Dance Expressions, they will hold two open houses August 16 and 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the studio. Visit their website and Facebook page for further details.