Norfolk, Virginia - It was another successful weekend and another W for the Q-KIDZ Dance Team. On August 20th the Finney Family First Foundation and Kreations Dance Studio hosted the "Leave It On The Floor" dance competition and leave it on the floor is exactly what the Q-KIDZ Dance Team did.
Taking place this past Saturday at Churchland Middle School in Portsmouth the highly anticipated event drew an energized crowd ready to cheer on their kids and respective teams. The competition featured nine teams most from the Virginia area including Dance Social DC, Black Jewels, Elite Diamonds, and Dynasty Dance. Each team was judged in five categories, with each one offering first, second, and third place trophies.
After many long days and many hours of practice inside the Q-KIDZ Dance Studio the hard work paid off. There was a fiery spirit in the air, emotions ran high, and the competitive juices flowed at the highest levels as the often do at these competitions! But long bus ride and distractions aside, the Q-KIDZ came prepared and ran away with the competition...better yet danced away with 1st place trophies in Creative, Mini Stand Battle, and Captain Battle.
Yes that is correct, while placing first in any of the categories would have been a weekend to be proud of, the talent and dedication shined through allowing QKDT to capture the top prize in three of the five categories.
There is a case to be made that even the most unbiased judge could have called it a clean swept for the Cincinnati based dance team but it wouldn't have made a difference. By the end of the competition one thing was clear, the Q-KIDZ dancers are driven, professional, and talented. Led by program director Marquicia Jones-Woods and two of the best dance coaches around, Chariah and Mariah Jones, QKDT came, saw, and conquered the competition, proudly bringing home multiple trophies back to the West End of Cincinnati.
Preparing for these type of competitions and performances is no small task. It requires a serious amount of time and dedication from its leaders as well as the students themselves. It also requires an immense amount of resources. As a small non-profit in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio much of the funding used to make these events possible is raised directly by the studio. Grassroots fundraisers led by the children and parents become a vital part of the organization. From selling hot dogs and burgers to fundraising calendars, it can be hard to raise enough money to create these amazing opportunities for our youth in the community. By donating to the Q-KIDZ Dance Team you are not only helping to provide youth in Cincinnati a safe environment for artistic expression but also creating opportunities that they will have with them for a lifetime.
For more information and to donate online, please visit www.q-kidz.org/donate.