CAIRO — FIRM Dance Company is returning from the Revolution Talent National Championships in Pensacola, Florida with a sizable haul of awards, including two national titles.
The small-town studio received all platinum and elite high gold adjudications with numerous overall placements, including six first place awards in preliminary competitions.
“Nationals was extremely eye-opening for me,” said Iris Brim, a senior dancer from Cairo. “I saw what you can accomplish when you put everything on the stage with the people you love.”
Out of more than 1030 entries, only 56 received the required score to advance to the Battle of Champions for national titles, with FIRM receiving six in the intermediate level.
Following an intense intermediate battle, FIRM won a national championship title in both senior large groups and senior lines and earned a second place national title in senior small groups.
“The FIRM Nation has returned proud of our accomplishments and inspired by the insane talent we were fortunate enough to share the competition stage with,” said Dana Willis, studio manager.
Senior dancer Madison Davie said she felt blessed to be able to bring home two titles.
“It’s so sad to be closing this chapter in my life, but I’m so glad to have been able to end the season at a Nationals that brought out the fighting drive that I knew our company had,” she said.
The event featured six full days of competition with more than 1,800 dancers from 28 studios representing 13 states.
Willis said there are numerous events that award national titles on the competition circuit, but that FIRM competed against some of the largest companies and best dancers she’s ever seen in 27 years.
“Each of our communities should be proud of the efforts and sacrifices of our dancers and their families,” Willis said.
FIRM is a regional competition company with members representing Grady, Thomas, Decatur, Colquitt, and Leon counties.
The dance company is now assembling teams for the 2019-20 season with workshops beginning July 8.