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Hastings Just for Kix competes in two competitions

Pictured is the Middle Kix team: Coach: Tori Ibinger, Dancers (left to right/top to bottom): Maggie Corum, Haylee Blackstad, Abby Trapp, Alli Lenz, Marie Nilson, Emilie Kell, Kaley Arndt, Lainey Hearne and Kaylie Blue. Photo courtesy of Melissa Blackstad 1 / 5
Pictured is the Wee Kix team: Coaches Maggie Corum and Tori Ibinger, Dancers (left to right/top to bottom): Ella Jahnke, Gabri Clark, Audrey Mishkee, Annabelle Mishkee, Eva Girgen, Sydney Benjamin, Maddy Trapp, Lillie Shaleen and Hadja Sissoko. Photo courtesy of Melissa Blackstad 2 / 5
Pictured is the Mini Jazz team: coaches: Tori Ibinger, Amanda Dauwen Dancers (left to right/top to bottom): Dani Hacken, Grace Trapp, Reese Groth, Josie Giangiacomo, Lily Powell, Sophia Grossman, Rhyen Miska, Ella Therrien, Baily Jansen, Lilah Gessner, Lillian Kell, Clara Girgen, Amber Vanloon and Chloe Modder. Photo courtesy of Melissa Blackstad 3 / 5
Pictured is the Mini Kix team: coaches: Tori Ibinger, Amanda Dauwen Dancers (left to right/ top to bottom): Rhyen Miska, Sophia Grossman, Lily Powell, Josie Giangiacomo, Clara Girgen, Lilah Gessner, Baily Jansen, Amber Vanloon, Chloe Modder, Lillian Kell, Grace Trapp, Reese Groth, Dani Hacken, and Ella Therrien. Photo courtesy of Melissa Blackstad 4 / 5
Pictured is the Mini Hip-Hop team: Coaches Amanda Dauwen andTori Ibinger, Dancers (left to right/top to bottom): Kaylie Blue, Rhyen Miska, Sophia Grossman, Hadja Sissoko, Gabri Clark, Lillian Kell, Emily Orth and Dani Hacken. Photo courtesy of Melissa Blackstad5 / 5

Hastings area dancers have competed at two Just For Kix Together We Dance Competitions so far this year. On January 27, the Hastings Just For Kix Teams competed in the Together We Dance Competition in Rochester at the Rochester Community and Technical College and on February 25 at the Eastview High School in Apple Valley.

The Mini Kix team, performing to the song "Runaway", received first place in Rochester and third place at Eastview. The Mini Jazz team performed to the song "Girls" and took first in Rochester.

The Mini Hip-Hop team performed to the song "Rotten to the Core" and they received third-place in Rochester. The Wee Kix team performed to the song "Fame" and took first at Eastview. The Middle Kix team performed to the song "If I Had You" and placed first at Eastview.

The Hastings Just For Kix program is in its seventh year of performance and includes local area students grades Pre-K to 12th grade. The Just For Kix local director is Tori Ibinger. Her assistants are Maggie Corum and Amanda Dauwen.

Just For Kix is a national leader in dance instruction and is committed to youth advancement through performance. Based out of Brainerd, Minn., the organization has over 21,000 dancers in more than 200 locations nationwide. Annually, the company provides multiple Together We Dance competitive opportunities for affiliated dance team programs to compete. Coming together to compete provides an opportunity for teamwork and promotes excellence. Just For Kix also provides dance camps and an Outback Bowl Performance Tour travel opportunity for its dancers. To join the Hastings Just For Kix team, please call Tori Ibinger at 612-770-3764. To learn more about Just For Kix, visit justforkix.com/danceclasses.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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