Janesville girls to dance in world competition

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David Brazy
Thursday, July 28, 2011
— Two Janesville girls will perform a jazz dance routine on the big stage at the first Federation of Dance Competitions’ World Dance Championship on Aug. 5-6 in Dallas.

Emma Distefano and Kayley Ellis, both 8, dance with Turning Pointe Dance Company in Roscoe, Ill.

The girls’ group, “Baby I’m a Star” will compete against 35 teams from across the U.S. and Canada.

The girls are pumped up and excited for the competition, said Kim Dailey, director for the girls’ group. Dailey said the girls have rehearsed hard twice a week for the past month.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Dailey said. “They are one talented groups of girls. They can do back flips and are all very flexible.”

Dailey has been working with Distefano and Ellis for a few years and said both are sweet girls. Ellis, she said, has a great work ethic and is bursting with energy. Distefano is everyone’s best friend in the class, she added.

“They both are great assets to our team and their parents are both so supportive of the program,” Dailey said.

The girls have been working hard but they also like to have fun together outside of class, holding ice cream parties and sleepovers.

To qualify for the world competition, the girls were one of five teams selected from the North Central Region that includes Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

The team recently won a national competition in Ohio and has placed first in all of its regional competitions.

Even with all of their success, Dailey likes to remind the girls that it’s important to have fun first and to stay humble.

“I like to keep them in check. I tell them it’s OK if we don’t win and it’s just an awesome opportunity,” Dailey said. “But we have an awesome shot of winning or placing in the top five. They are so talented.”

Last updated: 5:47 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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