Tracy Frank, Published April 25 2012
West Fargo dancers have a dream date in Big Apple
What: Raffle during 14th Annual Spring Show
Where: Lodoen Center, 109 3rd St. W., West Fargo
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
What: Sparx Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
Where: Aurora Elementary School in West Fargo
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday
Business: Halftime By Sheri Dance Studio
Contact: (701) 277-4590
WEST FARGO – Some fifth- and sixth-grade dancers here have earned the opportunity to go to New York and learn from the Radio City Rockettes.
Now they just have to find a way to pay for the trip.
The Sparx, a team of 18 dancers with the Halftime by Sheri Dance Studio in West Fargo, were chosen to attend the Artistic Adventures 2012 All Star Dancers National Dance Convention in New York City in July.
The six-day convention includes master class sessions with the Rockettes, a behind-the-scenes tour of Radio City Music Hall and attendance at two Broadway shows.
“It’s huge. It’s a good experience for them. I hope they get other opportunities, but I don’t know that they will,” said Christi Briggs, mother of McKenna Briggs, 11, a Sparx dancer.
Each of the dancers has a goal of raising $2,300 to pay for convention fees (which include hotel costs), airfare and meals.
“We would love it if they could raise exactly what they need to go, but I think we’re all prepared that there will be a little bit out-of-pocket,” said Jennifer Pool, whose daughter, Madisyn Edmisten, 12, is a Sparx dancer.
They won the chance to attend the convention after performing a jazz kick routine at the Applause Talent Dance Competition in March in Minneapolis. They took home a High Gold award for their routine and placed first overall in their division.
Sheri Praska, owner of Halftime by Sheri Dance Studio, said the Sparx dancers “absolutely earned” the trip because even though they’re middle schoolers, they danced like a high-school team.
“They work for six months to go to competition and they go for a trophy,” Praska said. “To have something like this on top of it is icing on the cake.”
The dancers are thrilled by the chance to go to New York and learn from the Rockettes.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Madisyn Edmisten said. “I’m really excited. I think it’s a great experience for the Sparx to be invited to New York. I’m looking forward to taking the dance classes and getting to meet famous dancers.”
For 12-year-old Sparx dancer Brooke Skogen, it’s just a fun way to bond with friends.
“I like dancing because lots of my friends are in dance and whenever I want I can just get up and dance and have fun,” she said.