WYO Dance Force wraps up competition season


GILLETTE – WYO Dance Force recently wrapped up their dance competition season with a good showing at the Spotlight Dance Cup in Gillette. 

Under the direction of Leann Mattis and assisted by Roxanne Easton, the members of the WYO Dance Force competition team have been busy all year working on their dance technique, taking various dance classes and working one-on-one with their choreographers. 

For two competitors taking the stage, it was their first-ever dance competition. For seven-year-old Claire Maybee, getting on stage in front of judges was a little nerve-wracking, but fun. “It was great. I was a little nervous but I can’t wait to do it again,” said Maybee. 

11-year-old Kaley Ingram echoed the sentiments that it was fun. “It was a fun time, everyone was nice and I have the best teacher ever.” 

For dancers Timberlee Easton, Ava Mattis, Jada Floyd, Addie Schwartzkopf, Ariana Posten and Lexi Wilke, attending competition is something they’ve been doing for years.

Dance parent, Tabitha Wilke enjoys the many advantages her daughter, Lexi acquires from attending dance competitions.

“We enjoy attending dance competitions because of the opportunity to perform, the time spent exploring new places, opportunities to watch the talents of others and how competitions build a dancers self-esteem and confidence,” Wilke said.

Wilke’s daughter Lexi and Ariana Posten typically compete in the Title division, in which dancers perform an on-stage interview that includes reciting a short biography, answering one of four questions obtained no more than one hour prior to the interview and performing a 15 second dance combination in any style without music. 

Now it’s on to the next task for these dancers and their fellow classmates. Each year, WYO Dance Force holds a Spring Showcase to share what they have been working on all year with their families, friends and community members. 

WYO Dance Force will hold their annual spring showcase on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the Torrington High School Auditorium. This is a free event and the community is invited to attend.

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