Students with Sherri's School of Dance in Morganton competed against dozens of dance studios from around the state and area for prestigious top honors at Showstopper, the largest dance competition in the country, held in March. Led by Kesha Nichols, artistic director and choreographer, the entries placed as follows:

» ''A Whole New World'' received fourth-place overall in Junior Performance Duet/Trio

» ''Someone You Loved'' received third-place overall in Teen Performance Duet/Trio

» Samantha Martin received 10th-place overall in Junior Performance Solo

» ''You Say'' received fourth-place overall in Junior Performance Small

The dance studio received five gold awards, which qualifies them to go to the Showstopper National Finals in either Sandusky, Mashantucket, Myrtle Beach, Kissimmee, Anaheim, or Galveston this summer.

The students who participated in the competition include:

» Ashlyn Robinson

» Taylor Van Harken

» Sage Abernathy

» Elly Buchanan

» M.J. Brown

» Lily Prebor

» Samantha Martin

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