Our studio owner, Carrie Blakey, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, January 30. She will always be cherished, loved, and remembered at Steppin’ Out. She had a special place in her heart for every one of her dancers.
Thank you to all who have and will be here for the family and the studio. We appreciate all of you.
Our annual Christmas recital will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 at the Minco High School auditorium, 701 SW Third in Minco. Dancers need to arrive by 1 p.m.
Our Christmas recital is free and open to the public! Invite your friends!
Dancers and teachers from Steppin’ Out Dance Studio in Tuttle traveled to Arlington, Texas for the Encore Dance National Competition this summer and returned with a variety of awards and trophies.
At the end of the Grand Slam, the showcase spotlighting top dances of a week-long competition, Steppin’ Out was announced as the winners of the Studio Technique Award. The studio also received the Choreography Award for Mermaids, which was choreographed by Carrie Blakey and Hayley Dennison.
Four dances from Steppin’ Out were chosen for the Grand Slam, including Body Love, Heal, Higher Love, and Humble and Kind. Tuttle’s Claire Hardin also performed in the opening number. She was chosen for the honor during the Encore regional competition in the spring.
Other awards from the competition included:
Juniors Level 1
Humble & Kind : Ultra High Gold, 5th place overalls
WERK: Ultra High Gold, 6th place overalls
Uptown Funk: Ultra High Gold
Greater Treasure: Ultra High Gold
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (Savannah Bolton): Platinum, 2nd place overall
I Need Something That I Want (Belinda Garvie): High Gold
Better When I’m Dancing (Cameron Schroder): High Gold
Senior Level 1
Falling Slowly ( Brooke Matchen, AJ Fleming): Platinum, 1st place overall
Junior Level 2
Higher Love: Platinum, 1st place overall
Warrior: Ultra High Gold, 8th place overall
L.O.V.E. (Olivia Markum): Ultra High Gold, 10th place overalls
Heart of Blue (Brianna Howard): Ultra High Gold
I Love Me (Alyssa French): High Gold
Teen Level 2
Tarzan: Platinum, 1st place overall for productions
Mermaids: Platinum, 1st place overalls for large group
Heal: Platinum, 1st place overall for small group. Highest Scoring Teen Group Dance Level 2
Metamorphous (Claire Hardin): Platinum, 3rd place overalls
Slow Down (Allie Surber): Ultra High Gold, 20th place overalls
Heart Hope (Emily Blakey): Ultra High Gold
Senior Level 2
Body Love: Platinum, Grand Slam Winners
Dream: Platinum, 2nd place overalls
One That I Want: Platinum
That Man: Ultra High Gold
Cell Block Tango: Ultra High Gold
Magic: Ultra High Gold
White Blood (Bailey Clawson & Claire Hardin): Platinum, 1st Place overall
Human (Bailey Clawson): Platinum, 3rd Place overall
Sound of Silence (Karima Merzouk): Ultra High Gold, 8th place over all
Fever (Bekah Kerr): Ultra High Gold
Rescue My Heart (Ryleigh Clem): High Gold
I Don’t Know What I’d Do (Lenora Garvie): High Gold
Team instructors at Steppin’ Out include Carrie Blakey, Hayley Dennison, Krislyn Chambers and Matt Crow. The studio will be holding their Open House this weekend, Friday, August 11, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fall classes begin on August 21. Steppin’ Out is located at 2017 E. Hwy. 37, just two miles east of downtown Tuttle. For more information, call 381-2272, visit them online at steppinout.biz, or find them on facebook.
Steppin’ Out Dance Studio’s competitive team recently had an outstanding performance while competing in Arlington, Texas at Encore National Dance Finals. The Starz competitive dance team consists of 32 members. Their ages range from 7-19 years old. The nine year studio owner, Carrie Ann Blakey, and two choreographers/teachers, Hayley Dossett-Dennison and Krislyn Gottman, traveled to Arlington, bringing home a variety of awards, trophies, and national titles.
After an outstanding regional run during the past year’s competition season, the dance studio was invited to compete at nationals, taking 27 solos and group dances in total. National champion dances from the studio included Contemporary Small Group, Landfill; Hip Hop Large Group, Asylum; and Contemporary Duet/Trio, Medicine.
Steppin’ Out’s Hayley Dossett-Dennison was awarded the Choreography Award for her work creating the dance routines Asylum and Landfill. The studio also received the Technique Award, which represents the team’s outstanding technical skills.
The Duet/Trio, Medicine, was recognized for receiving the highest score of the entire week of solos, duets, or trios. Then, a special invitation was given to the Senior Division Small Group, Landfill, and Junior Division Small Group, Colors, to perform at the week-end finale show. The two dances were chosen as top performances in their age & divisional levels. Once again, Steppin’ Out was called to the stage to accept the Division Grand Slam Cash Award and Trophy for the contemporary dance Landfill.
Members of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio Starz Competitive Dance Team for the 2015-2016 season are:
McKenna Nolin, Bailey Clawson, Tiffany Long, Nicole Traxler, Brooke Matchen, Jordan Nolin, Ryleigh Clem, AJ Fleming, Madison Blakey, and Lenora Garvie.
Emily Blakey, Claire Hardin, Morgan Matchen, Alyssa Wilson, Whisper McDoulett, Maddy Stone, Karima Merzouk, Allie Surber, and Emily Nolin.
Olivia Markum, Kelsey Matlock, Alyssa French, Adison Smith, Audrey Hardin, Savannah Harris, Carlee Windle, Camryn Schroeder, Caisyn Schroeder, Brianna Howard, Belinda Garvie, Mystery McDoulett, Caitlin Fogarty, Rayleigh Fisher, and Kate Dickson.
The 2016-2017 STARZ Dance Season is just around the corner and the team is ready to continue the hard work to represent Steppin’ Out again next summer. Check out the summer dance schedule and team tryouts at steppinout.biz or Steppin’ Out Dance Studio on Facebook.
Grand Slam Winner & National Champion-Landfill
Steppin’ Out Dance Studio’s Ms. Carrie Ann Blakey, Emily Blakey, Madison Blakey, Nicole Traxler, Tiffany Long, Bailey Clawson, Claire Hardin, Allie Surber, and Ms. Hayley Dossett-Dennison after being named Grand Slam Winner and National Champion at Encore Dance Competition in Arlington, Texas.
Grand Slam Invitation-Colors
Steppin’ Out Starz juniors Rayleigh Fisher, Adison Smith, Olivia Markum, Brianna Howard, Alyssa French, Kate Dickson, and Audrey Hardin show off a few of their awards.
National Champion Duet-Medicine
Bailey Clawson (left) and Claire Hardin (right), joined by their choreographer, Hayley Dossett-Dennison, after winning the national championship with their duet.
National Champion Large Group-Hip Hop-Asylum
Steppin’ Out’s Hip Hop Large Group, Asylum, was named national champions at Encore Dance Competition. Team dancers include (front, from left) Claire Hardin, Bailey Clawson, Brooke Matchen, Emily Blakey, Alyssa Wilson, (back) Morgan Matchen, Karima Merzouk, Jordan Nolin, Mckenna Nolin, Madison Blakey, Lenora Garvie, and Whisper McDoulett.
Steppin’ Out’s Starz juniors in Lip Gloss are (front, from left) Caitlyn Fogarty, Caisyn Schroeder, Savannah Harris, Adison Smith, Belinda Garvie, (back) Carlee Windle, Kelsey Matlock, Rayleigh Fisher, Mystery McDoulett, Brianna Howard, Alyssa French, Audrey Hardin, Camryn Schroeder, Kate Dickson, and Olivia Markum.
Competitive tappers at Steppin’ Out include (front, from left) Alyssa French, Emily Nolin, Maddy Stone, Ryleigh Clem, Lenora Garvie, Brianna Howard, and (back) AJ Fleming.
Poison and Wine
Competitive dancers in the contemporary dance Poison and Wine are (from left) Maddy Stone, Emily Blakey, Whisper McDoulett, AJ Fleming, Ryleigh Clem, Alyssa Wilson, and Karima Merzouk.
The dancers in the lyrical dance, Angel, are Jordan Nolin, Madison Blakey, Brianna Howard, Alyssa French, Tiffany Long, Nicole Traxler, Bailey Clawson, Lenora Garvie, Mystery McDoulett, Allie Surber, McKenna Nolin, Ryleigh Clem, Kelsey Matlock, Olivia Markum, Morgan Matchen, Emily Blakey, Emily Nolin, Maddy Stone, and Alyssa Wilson.
Recital videos have been delivered! Pictures and recital videos can be picked up this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4 – 9 p.m. Then we’ll see you August 5 and 6 for Open House to begin registering for the new year!