Universal Dance Academy of Lincoln competitive students Addison Hasenpflug, Beaudree Ball and Lillian Ball won national awards at the Spotlight Dance Cup's Midwest National Dance Finals July 1-7 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The students attended the full week of elite performances and title rehearsals while competing in the national dance competition.
Addison won Teen Miss National Spotlight, Beaudree won Mr. National Spotlight, and Lillian won Miss National Spotlight for 2018–2019. In addition, Addison won the National Junior Dance Down for the second year in a row, while Lillian won the National Senior Dance Down for the third year in a row.
While competing for the 2018-2019 National Spotlight titles, Addison, Beaudree and Lillian each gave a formal introduction and were prompted with a random question to answer. Each dancer was scored based on solo performance, speaking audition and a short dance combination displaying their technique.
Universal Dance Academy owners Angela Beery and Vivian Ball were proud to have their competitive students achieve these dance awards. Beaudree won the “Showmanship Award” and placed second with his Junior Tap solo “Got Me Feelin’ Like.” Addison received third in the nation for her Teen Contemporary solo “Stomach It.” Lillian received second place in Senior Solos with her tap solo “Going On.” Addison and Beaudree performed the tap duo “I Love Senoritas” and were honored to receive the "Cut Above Award," while also winning the Junior National Champion title.
In the Teen Division, brother and sister Beaudree and Lillian Ball were honored to win the Teen National Champion award for their tap duo “Borrow My Heart,” which also received a choreography award given to Vivian Ball.
Spotlight owner Michelle Kresge awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Lillian to continue dance as her career. These three dancers, along with a team of 90, are taught by Beery and Ball. In total, these dancers won $2,150 in cash awards and felt proud that their hard work was recognized.