The competition team of Kristina’s Studio of Dance in Sherman recently competed at the 8 National Talent Nationals Competition at the Lila Cockerall Theater in San Antonio.

There were 17 studios from Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma and nearly 300 routines performed at the competition held from July 12-15.

The Sherman team earned 19 double-platinum awards and five platinum awards. Seventeen routines placed in the overall rankings, including five 1st place overall, three 2nd place, three 3rd place, one 5th place, two 6th place, two 7th place and one 8th place. The team also received four judges awards, two audience choice awards and a studio award. Three routines earned spots in the Ultim8 Showcase Competition and six different students were awarded eight scholarships totaling over $6000.

“They were so excited when they found out that they won,” Kristina’s owner Kristina Beeler said. “They were jumping up and down on the stage. All five groups in the showcase get on stage and then they make the announcement and they get their trophies. It is really exciting to win nationals.”

8 National Talent Competition recognizes top winning studios at each competition level by averaging the top 5 scoring group routines for each studio. Kristina’s Studio of Dance was awarded the Top “Dance It,” or intermediate level studio for the competition.

“Last year we won a lot of awards, and this year we won a lot of awards,” Beeler said. “But, it is always exciting to see how we do in these competitions. Last year my younger group won the big award and this year my older group won the big awards.”

Ava Bain, Jacob Cherrier, Ally Harris, Trinity Lau, Mackenzie Van Buren and Emerson Williams were recognized as Stand-Out Dancers and each received $1,000 Discovery scholarships. Cherrier and Van Buren were also recognized with scholarships to attend the Motiv8 Dance Convention.

Kristina’s dance season begins in September. At that time, children will begin learning their dances for the competitions that start in February and March.

“Then continue working on the dances all season long,” Beeler said. “When you start doing really well at competitions, you want to keep things the same from year to year. Obviously, we will have different children each year, but we do not want to change our winning strategy.”