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Mercersburg Dancers Triumph at Motion Dance Competition

Mercersburg Academy’s pre-professional dancers recently returned triumphant from the Motion: Movement for Life dance competition and convention, held at the Grier School in Tyrone, PA. The event was a showcase of talent, featuring nationally and internationally recognized guest instructors and performances by the esteemed Whirlwind Dance company from Columbus, OH.

The dancers immersed themselves in an intensive schedule, participating in ten diverse classes and presenting several pieces from their current collection in a competitive setting. “This event was a crucial opportunity for our dancers to step outside the campus to enhance their performance skills, gain broader dance knowledge, and engage with peers destined for similar audition paths,” explained Kelsy Rupp, Mercersburg’s Director of Dance.

The convention proved fruitful, offering extensive training across multiple dance genres and facilitating valuable interactions with professionals in the dance community. Mercersburg’s dancers showcased their prowess by securing second and third places overall in the competition, alongside notable individual achievements and accolades for their choreographed pieces:

  • “Still Standing,” choreographed by Tara Nalley, received a Gold Ranking and placed Third Overall in the Senior Line category.
  • “It Has Left Us Lingering,” by Kelsy Rupp, earned a Gold Ranking, the Second Overall Senior Line, and the Outstanding Concept Award.
  • “Among the Living,” created by Caroline Hobbs ’26, achieved a Silver Ranking.
  • “A View Between Villages,” by Elizabeth Orders ’25, was awarded a Gold Ranking.
  • Ellie Sapp ’25 was honored with a full scholarship for the next Motion Convention in 2025.

These accolades reflect the dedication and skill of the Mercersburg dance team and highlight the enriching experiences gained from the competition. “Observing our dancers recognize their strengths and areas for improvement, and drawing inspiration from their peers was incredibly rewarding,” said Rupp.

Looking ahead, the team is set to perform at the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA, during spring vacation. Their piece “It Has Left Us Lingering” has been selected for performance, marking another significant milestone for the team.

As they look toward the 2024-2025 season, Rupp confirms plans to continue participating in conventions and competitions, with a hopeful return to the Motion event at the Grier School in 2025.


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