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Dance group wins grand champion award

Students of Kelly’s Dance Academy — including Bethany Cross and Ariel Brelje of Glencoe — competed in The One, a national dance and cheer competition, in Chicago the weekend of April 22-23.
The event took place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Participating were dance schools from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Kelly’s Dance Academy’s small jazz group, “It’s Raining Men,” captured silver in the jazz category.
The academy’s “That Power” production, a large group, was the grand champion.
“That Power” will now compete against the champions from three other national events — held in New Orleans, Detroit and Orlando — to determine the “one champion.”
A panel of judges will “virtually” review the performances from each of those groups to determine the final champion. That event will take place May 20.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls, the parents who supported this effort, etc.,” said Kelly McCormick Bestul, studio owner.