“Dancing With The Stingerz” A Crowd Pleaser Saturday Night

(MITCHELL) – It was an evening full of fun, laughter, and good times for everyone at this year’s “Dancing With The Stingerz”. This marks the second year for the event which raises money for the Mitchell High School Dance Team.

This year’s fundraiser will help the group attend the NDA National’s in March of next year, in Orlando, Florida.

“I am pleased to officially announce publicly the group will not have to pay out of pocket for this year’s Nationals,” Michelle Zehr announced last night at the conclusion of the event.

Bryan Fountain & Lauren Hudson First Place Winner in Saturday’s ” Dancing With The Stingerz”

More than $8,000 was raised altogether for the group; with a total of $2,210.25 raised from the dance contest.

It was an exciting, fun thrilling adventure for the dancers, their partners, and the crowd as the watched professional and some not-so-professional dance moves.

Contestants were judged on their dance routine, costume, choreography, and appearance – just to name a few categories.

Cassie England and Amaya Premo got the crowd participating in their routine with clapping and cheers.

Dusty Modglin was a crowd pleaser with his lifts and costume pants, according to the judges.

Dr. Mike Wilcox and Abby Briscoe took second place in “Dancing With The Stingerz”

Mike Hopper was told he had a new line in marketing for his insurance company – “The Rapping, Insurance Agent.”

Kim Earl and Hayden Dersch was another routine that excited the crowd.

This year’s dancers in order of performance include:

  • Katy & Rylan Simpson – “Party Rock”
  • Andy Mullen & Lauren Beeler – “I Want Dance with Somebody”
  • Bryan Fountain & Lauren Hudson – “Mountain Music”
  • Mike Miller & Paige Miller – “Old Time Rock N Roll”
  • Carlin Guthrie & Katy Sykes – “Footloose”
  • Dr. Mike Wilcox & Abby Briscoe – “Proud Mary”
  • Joey Sloan & Cheyenne Pemberton – “Uptown Funk”
  • Cassie England & Amaya Premo – “Cotton Eye Joe”
  • Dusty Modglin & Madison Gerkin- “Shut Up and Dance”
  • Amanda May & Emily Austin – “What A Feeling”
  • Dan Horton & Briley Waldbieser – “Kung Fu Fighting”
  • Kim Earl & Hayden Dersch – “Hot and Cold”
  • Teresa Reynolds & Jenna Hawkins – “I Will Survive”
  • Chris Bowles & Megan Bugh – “Livin La Vita Loca”
  • Angela Edwards & Hannah Pugh – “Hey Ya”
  • Mandy Starks & Felicity Rutan – “Crazy in Love”
  • Mike Hopper & Hannah Clark –  “Everybody Dance Now”
  • Courtney Henry & Lauren Goldfuss  “Can’t Stop The Feelin”

The judges said picking a winner was tough because it was a close competition. Placing first was Bryan Fountain and partner Lauren Hudson. Placing second was Dr. Wilcox and Abby Briscoe with Kim Earl and Hayden Dersch taking third place. 

Fountain and Hudson also took the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Kim Earl & Hayden Dersch placed third in the competition. Is was a fun evening for everyone!

The judges for this year’s event included Elizabeth Hathaway, Cassie Wheatley, Senora Jenifer Allen. The emcee for the event was Vicky Schlegal. 

“We want to thank the community for their support of our group, ” said Michelle Zehr Manager of the Mitchell Dance Team.

The Mitchell Junior High School Spaghetti Dinner raised more than $2,210.25, which was held prior to the “Dancing With The Stinerz” event in the Mitchell High School Auditorium.

The Mitchell High School Dance Team have been very competitive over the year’s winning at the State Level :

  • State Champions in 2016 in Jazz, Pom, and fourth place in Kick.
  • In 2017,  State Champions in Jazz, Runner-up in Pom, and State Champions in Kick.
  • In 2018,  Jazz State Champions, Pom State Runner-Up, State Runner –up in Kick.
  • In 2019,  Jazz State Champions, Pom State Runner –up, 3rd Place Kick.