Snoqualmie Valley Record


Scholarships for North Bend's IGNITE dance squad

May 21, 2013 · 12:11 PM

From left, IGNITE students and teachers at JUMP are Aowyn Leiper, Miss Lindsay Pierson, Nina Horn, Sarah Carter, Kylea Bachelder, Miss Brittany Mains, Tereza Legat, Nikki Thompson, Miss Katie Black, Halle Bratton and Eva Sten. / Courtesy photo

Seven dancers from North Bend’s IGNITE Dance and Yoga studio won class scholarships at a national dance convention, JUMP.

JUMP tours North America with a group of master dance instructors. Studios register their top level dancers in this three-day dance workshop, with almost six hours of dance each day.

Sammy Wargi, Kylea Bachelder, Aowyn Leiper, Sarah Carter, Eva Sten, and Halle Bratton of IGNITE won class scholarships, awarded to dancers who stand out with technique, strong performance ability, or great attitude.

Dancers can also win scholarships by auditioning for a VIP scholarship.  During this audition, the dancers quickly learn a dance routine and are asked to perform it in front of the judges.  The top dancers are then selected and asked to perform again for the judges to make their selection.

IGNITE’s Nikki Thompson was awarded a VIP scholarship.

The studio’s dancers are competing in the highest level at the competitions, and winning overall awards, says head coach Katie Black. “This is pretty much unheard of for a studio that is in their third year of being open.  We are incredibly excited for the 2013-2014 season.”


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