COLUMBUS – The trophy case at iDance Project is continuing to fill up, as the various teams came home with a growing number of trophies in their second trip to the national competition.
iDance Project Owner and Instructor Mikaela Wills says she’s very proud of her students who were able to bring home two excellence in technique trophies, an entertainment award, four National Champion awards, and a Grand National Champion award. Wills was also the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher and Director of the Year award, and says her brother Nate Sramek was a big part of their success working with the groups as a choreographer.
“One of our dancers lost a relative when they arrived in Ames [Iowa} so she had to go back and we had to have an extra practice the night before our groups and we had to change choreography. It was a not so great moment but at the same time it was great to see our girls come together,” says Wills.
Maddie Luebe has been dancing with iDance Project for the past six years and says the national competition is a unique experience.
“It was different routines, you know a lot of time we compete against the same studios and there was a lot of studios from like Tennessee or Missouri like a lot of people we don’t compete against, so that was cool to see different types of routines and stuff,” says Luebe.
The national competition caps off the career of Kirsten Peterson at iDance Project, a parting she says will be tough due to all the fun times she’s had over the past six years.
“There was a lot of tears, lots, I don’t know, I’ll miss it. That’s like the one thing that I just like, it was like my escape from everything, if i was stressed, if I was mad, if I was even happy, I was just gonna like let it out on the floor,” says Peterson.