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Southeast Iowa Dancers Win National Champion Title

Competition dancers from a Southeast Iowa dance studio, High Temperature Dance Academy of Fairfield, competed this summer in a national dance competition in Branson, MO and brought home some big winnings.

Sofia Hobbs of Keosauqua and Libby Ferrel of Fairfield won the divisional National Champion title at Symposium Talent Contest for their musical theater duet entitled, When You’re Good to Mama. The routine also received accolades for being first in its category, the highest scoring routine in their age group, fourth highest scoring routine of the day in their division and was chosen as a Grand Finalist.

Sofia also performed three solos where she received first in category for her contemporary piece, second in category for her musical theater, and third in category for her lyrical. Her contemporary piece also earned the honor of highest scoring solo for her age group, second overall, and second highest scoring routine of the day in her division. She was also given a special judges scholarship to attend an intensive dance convention this fall.

Both Sofia and Libby competed with other dancers from their team in two small group performances. These group pieces each earned first in their category. The open style routine also received second overall and was a judge’s choice recipient for dynamite detail.  The jazz routine received first overall and was a Grand Finalist.

Six dancers from the studio participated in the Diamond Dancer Showcase during Nationals. Sofia Hobbs, Chayse Gilchrist, Lily Fenton, Chloe Johnon, Layla Terrell, and Leia Hampton learned additional choreography provided by Symposium Talent before attending Nationals. During Nationals they worked on this routine with other dancers from various states then performed the routine during a video shoot and live on stage during the showcase.

High Temperature Dance Academy was established in 2017 and is owned by Tympest Hora.  More information can be found at or follow on Facebook at HighTempDance.

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