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Zechman part of national championship dance team
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Concluding a successful season of regional competitions resulting in numerous awards, Spotlite Dance Studio participated in the Applause Talent Nationals June 26-30 in Charleston, S.C.
Spotlite soloists, duet and group teams not only placed high in several elite categories but earned national titles in 11 categories, including Best of the Best honors for the musical theater large group encore performance, Burlesque.
Among team members performing was local student Bliss Zechman, who was one of six seniors recognized during Spotlite’s June 23 recital at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theater. A 2013 Warren County High graduate, Zechman will attend Belmont University to study mass communications with minors in dance and broadcast journalism.
In addition to the award-winning musical theater production, performances in which the local team member participated were the large group encore hip hop, In My Hood; encore open line, I Hate Boys; and encore line production, Triple Threat. All of these performances earned first-place honors and the national title.
The national competition included 1,032 dances in the respective divisions, and at the conclusion judging and awards, Spotlite, located in Smyrna, was recognized as the Studio of the Year, and earned the prestigious Studio of Excellence award from the Federation of Dance Competitions.
Spotlite owner/ director Meghan Lite Casteel is assisted by associate director Lyndee Baker and tot coordinator Mesa Banks.