Young Oklahoma dancers go for national title
EDMOND, Okla. — A national title is on the minds of several Oklahoma dancers who are hoping countless hours of practice after school will bring home a trophy from Florida.
Now they need the public’s vote to help pay for the trip to represent the Sooner State at such a young age.
They’re only ages 9 to 12, but these girls are seasoned dance veterans.
Katelin MacDonald, Addison Taron, Breanne Elwell and Kamryn Funk have been dancing as early as age two.
“Because it’s my hobby and I love it,” Taron said.
“You can just be free and just dance, show your personality and do it,” Funk said.
Their name… is “Hot Mess.”
“Because that’s what they are,” Kim Massay said, owner of Kim Massay Dance in Edmond.
She said these girls started learning their routine in August.
They’re doing something right, because they’ve won first place at every competition they’ve attended this year.
Now they’re practicing for a national competition in Daytona, Florida.
“Girls start with you when they’re three and then they dance with you until they graduate from high school, so the studio is their second family,” Massay said.
Winning along the way is nice and the girls say dancing is also therapeutic.
“If you are having a bad day, you can just come to dance and get it all rid of,” MacDonald said.
Each has their own specialty.
“I can do turns, legs, leaps and tumbling,” Elwell said.
But together, they have a chance to turn their passion into a national title.
“It will lift their spirits,” Instructor Stori Massay Cook said. “Give them confidence and it just helps them in their everyday life.”
But a trip to Daytona isn’t cheap, so to win a $5,000 scholarship, they hope the public clicks on Showbiz National Talent’s Facebook page and votes for Hot Mess.
“We work really, really hard just to get this and we made it and we want to show people that we can do it,” Funk said.
Hot Mess, the only group competing from Oklahoma, heads to Daytona at the end of this month.