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Fallon Swing Team takes first nationally

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The Fallon Swing Competition Ballroom Team dressed for a bolero number, a dance revolving around slow-tempo Latin music, at the 2017 Gem State Classic in Idaho Falls, Idaho, last week.
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The Fallon Swing Competition Ballroom Team brought home two first-place trophies from the 2017 Gem State Classic in Idaho Falls, Idaho from March 23-25.

The Gem State Classic hosts the national championship for youth team showdance.

“I originally started coaching for Fallon Swing nine years ago, choreographing and rehearsing the ‘Kidz Team’ ages 8-12,” said Suzette Benecke. “All these years my dancers have looked up to the champion ‘Competition Team’ with awe, longing for their own day in the sun. To be able to witness them reach their goal with not just one but two national championships was a dream come true for all of us.”

The Fallon team earned the following:

National Formation Show Dance Championships

1st place — Youth Lift Division, Bolero

1st place — Youth Smooth Standard Division, Anastasia

The dancers also brought home 24 ribbons and trophies from the Gem State Classic Syllabus Competition. Awardees included the following:

Jayden Wassmuth & Teagan Dill — 3rd in Junior Newcomer Swing

Madison Blea & Davis Benecke — 3rd in Youth Bronze Cha Cha

Davis Benecke & Jordan Medrano — 4th in Youth Bronze Foxtrot

Samuel Sorensen & Meagan Trinidad — 5th in Junior Bronze Rumba and 3rd in Junior Bronze Quick Step

Mari Elena Sorensen & Jefrey Archer Horne — 5th in Youth Bronze Rumba

Andrew Kelsey & Maria Whitaker — 6th in Youth Bronze Foxtrot

Spencer Knight & Abbey Pike — 7th in Youth Newcomer Swing

Youth Bronze Quick Step

Timothy Shurtliff & Maria Whitaker — 1st

Jefrey Horne & Madison Blea — 4th

Davis Benecke & Mari Elena Sorensen — 5th

Joshua Schie & Jennifer Marshall — 6th