Bridge City Strutters National Champs again
Bridge City, Texas – Strutter history is in the making again. The Bridge City Strutters are National Champions for the second time. The first time was in 2008. This year, they won five National Championships in team categories as well as three National Championships for officer categories. The team also won second place in the international prop category with their Texas skirt dance. The Strutters attended the American Dance International/National competition this past weekend at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. This competition held over 1100 events throughout the weekend and included two teams from Japan.
The officers are the National Champions overall in small team category. They won National Champion awards in modern, lyrical, and open. They also won Gussie Nell Davis Award and the Best of the Best Award. Officers are Capt. Jordyn Ewing, lst Lt. Allison Morphew, Lt. Nicole Encalade, Lt. Kaitlyn Ezell, and Lt. Karli Anderson.
The Strutter competition team is the National Champions overall in small team category. They won National Champion awards in pom, novelty, kick, prop, and open. They also won the National Academic Champions, Gussie Nell Davis Excellence Award, and the Best of the Best Award.
Kaitlyn Ezell is the National Champion solo winner. Solo finalists include Jordyn Ewing – first runner-up; Allison Morphew, Nicole Encalade and Devon Skidmore – tied for second runner-up; Sydney Shepherd – 3rd runner-up; and Madison Woodruff – 4th runner-up.
Jordyn Ewing earned Miss National High Kick Company, and Kaitlyn Ezell earned Miss National High Kick Company Semi-Finalist. Freshman Aubrey Hale is the Miss JV National High Kick winner with Madison Lyons and Ciara Cooper named Miss JV National High Kick Company.
Competition team Strutters are Jordyn Ewing, Allison Morphew, Karli Anderson, Nicole Encalade, Kaitlyn Ezell, Taylor Dishon, Devon Skidmore, Samantha Morphew, Katie Nation, Sydney Shepherd, Madison Woodruff, Alexandra Biggs, Ciara Cooper, Aubrey Hale, and Madison Lyons.
“After three student injuries and one knee surgery, the Strutters faced much adversity and changes to the formations of dances. I cannot say enough about the strong work ethics and determination of these young ladies,” said Strutters Director Cathy Riley.