SEVEN Ignite Cheer and Dance athletes did Port Augusta proud at the Destiny Star Dance Nationals in Adelaide with all girls placing in their categories.
Charlotte Ford was named national champion in the Solo Lyrical nine years and under category while also finishing in first place for the Jazz Improv category for 10 years and under.
The nine-year-old came third in the Under 9 Solo Broadway Jazz division before winning the Hip Hop Duo and Jazz Duo categories with Matilda Dixon and Lilly Vejlkovic respectively.
Charlotte, who also won the MadMia Model Search, said she worked really hard in training.
“I felt really happy when I won. I felt excited and proud for myself and happy for my coach Madey Johnson,” she said.
“The other dancers were good. I think all of them did really well.”
Ella Dixon collected three third-place prizes in the Under 14 Solo Jazz, Under 14 Solo Lyrical and open age Jazz Improv categories.
Mia Blackie was fourth in the Solo Jazz Senior Teen division and claimed bronze alongside Emily Vella in the Senior Teen Jazz Duo.
Matilda Dixon (Under 10 Jazz Improv) and Macee Reynolds (Under 14 Solo Contemporary) both finished in third in their respective categories.
Ignite coach Madeline Johnson praised the seven dancers for their dedication to perfect their routines.
“The athletes who attended had to make a huge time commitment, missing school and work, training late at night and early in the morning throughout the week and at weekends to achieve such a high level of success,” she said.
“They have demonstrated their love of dance and their pride in their club by bringing home these outstanding results to Port Augusta.”
Ms Johnson credited Ignite’s teamwork as its secret to success.
“It makes me so happy to see my athletes working together, helping each other to train, supporting each other when I can’t be there and really showing that Ignite is a place where we learn to support and celebrate each other,” she said.
“I also must thank the parents who made a huge commitment to Ignite’s success at this competition.”
She said the troupe, a not-for-profit organisation, is particularly proud to support Destiny Star Dance which raised more than $10,000 throughout Nationals Week for charity.
Ignite’s senior team jets off to the Gold Coast in July to compete at the Aussie Gold International Cheer and Dance Championships.