Albert Lea dancers compete at Just for Kix competition

Published 2:27pm Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Albert Lea Just for Kix teams competed in the United We Dance competition in Waverly, Iowa, at the Wartburg College Sports Center.

The event featured 90 competing teams and over 2,000 performers.

The middle jazz fifth- through seventh-grade dancers competed at the Just for Kix United We Dance competition. Front row from the left are Haley Desart, Jacklyn Matson, Morgan Jellinger, Emma Turbett and Tianna Mithun. Middle row from the left are Hailey Lau, Zoe Oudekerk, Faith Attig, Mackenzie Breamer, Mackenzie Hanssen and Katie Funk. Back row from the left are Alexis Allen, Brelahna Purdie, Alyssa Matson, Shayla Heggestad and Sydney Doran. Not pictured are Kira Alm and Natalie Nafzgar. Submitted —
The middle jazz fifth- through seventh-grade dancers competed at the Just for Kix United We Dance competition. Front row from the left are Haley Desart, Jacklyn Matson, Morgan Jellinger, Emma Turbett and Tianna Mithun. Middle row from the left are Hailey Lau, Zoe Oudekerk, Faith Attig, Mackenzie Breamer, Mackenzie Hanssen and Katie Funk. Back row from the left are Alexis Allen, Brelahna Purdie, Alyssa Matson, Shayla Heggestad and Sydney Doran. Not pictured are Kira Alm and Natalie Nafzgar. Submitted —

Albert Lea achievements: fourth grade tied for second place, fifth grade earned fourth place, sixth grade won first place, seventh grade earned third place, Jazz fourth through seventh won first place and Jazz eighth through 12th earned second place.

The Albert Lea Just for Kix program is directed by Aimee Struck. The program is in its 17th year of performance, and it includes local area students from age 3 to 12th grade.

“I am very proud of all the dancers and their success. We had a great day with six teams placing against some very tough competition,” Struck said. “The dancers have worked very hard this season, and I am happy for them to earn this recognition.”

The middle Kix sixth-grade dancers competed at the Just for Kix United We Dance competition. Front row from the left are Anna Bordewick and Makenzie Kenyon. Second row from the left are Zoe Oudekerk, Katie Funk, Rebecca Mickelson, Mackenzie Hanssen, Alexis Palomo and Kenna Gaines. Third row from the left are Cassie Oman, Hailey Lau, Halee Miller, Morgan Espe, Brooke Talamantes, Cassidy Daniel and Madyson Dreyling. Back row from the left are Mariah Bennet, Taylor Yokiel, Courtney Claassen, Mallory Dempewolf, Faith Attig and Alexandria Jensen. Not pictured are Kayla Citsay, Rowan Kraft, Elizabeth Kunkel, Rylie Tollefson and Lexi Williams.
The middle Kix sixth-grade dancers competed at the Just for Kix United We Dance competition. Front row from the left are Anna Bordewick and Makenzie Kenyon. Second row from the left are Zoe Oudekerk, Katie Funk, Rebecca Mickelson, Mackenzie Hanssen, Alexis Palomo and Kenna Gaines. Third row from the left are Cassie Oman, Hailey Lau, Halee Miller, Morgan Espe, Brooke Talamantes, Cassidy Daniel and Madyson Dreyling. Back row from the left are Mariah Bennet, Taylor Yokiel, Courtney Claassen, Mallory Dempewolf, Faith Attig and Alexandria Jensen. Not pictured are Kayla Citsay, Rowan Kraft, Elizabeth Kunkel, Rylie Tollefson and Lexi Williams.

Just for Kix is a national leader in dance instruction and is committed to youth advancement through performance.

Based out of Brainerd, the organization has more than 200 locations in 10 states.

Annually, the company provides nine United We Dance competitive opportunities for affiliated dance programs to compete. Competing provides an opportunity for teamwork, and it promotes excellence. For more invformation about Just for Kix, visit justforkix.com.

Next, dancers plan to compete at the Rochester Technical and Community College today.