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Dancers create a great Co-motion

FRISCO – The Co-motion dancers from the Summit School of Dance won five silver trophies last weekend at Los Angeles Dance Force (LADF)’s regional competition in Denver. They competed against dozens of other studios.

Eighteen dancers performed eight numbers. Their hip-hop routine “Revolution,” tap trio “Gloomy Sunday,” lyrical dance “She Went Away” and tap dance “London Calling,” choreographed by director Mandy Sherar, won silver trophies. “Superstitious,” a jazz routine choreographed by student soloist Sammy Lunsky, also won silver.

“Shimmer” and “Sunshine,” both choreographed by director Denise Moser, and “I Believe,” choreographed and performed by 11-year-old Nikki Witzke, won bronze trophies.

“We rocked,” said Sherar about the group’s performance.

“(The competition) is a way for the dancers to judge their talent against larger studios – to see if their training is holding up,” said Summit School of Dance director Melanie Frey.

A group of professional dancers from a major studio in Los Angeles make up LADF. They sponsor about 10-12 regional competitions a year.

Katie DeDecker won a LADF scholarship in the intermediate group, which allows her to attend a two-day class in Denver sponsored by LADF.

“What it says is out of 250 girls, she was spotted as one of three that got a scholarship,” Frey said. “They saw that she had some real talent.”

Lauren Gentile, who recently suffered injuries in a serious car accident, also dances with Co-Motion. Though she couldn’t dance, she attended the competition to give moral support.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at

Cutline: Front row, from left: Kaylyn Atterberry, Seth Ives, Shelbie Ebert; second row: Elizabeth Stasiowski, Nikki Witzke, Heather Doyal, Sammy Lunksy, Grace Felton; third row: Tasia Scott, Katie DeDecker, Gabby Stasiowski, Megan Barrett; back row: Angela Breitholtz, Austin Johns, Kayla McPheeters, Mandy Sherar (co-director of Co-Motion dancers), Leslie Hebron, Melanie Frey (director of studio), Betsy Jason and Chelsea Seegers.

Kimberly Nicoletti 3/31/04 art saved as Co-Motion dancers in OLD A&E folder.

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