The Spencer YMCA Studio Competition Dance Team, under the direction of Erin Elliot and Kaylene Mortensen, spent this past weekend in Des Moines, competing in the Midwest Starz Dance Regional Competition which featured over 450 dance entries. The teen small jazz group, pictured above, received a platinum rating and placed second overall amongst teen groups. Spencer also had a teen trio place first overall in trios. Individually Taisya Newcomer, pictured (Below) with one of the competition’s judges, received a platinum rating and third place for her lyrical solo and fifth place overall in teen solos in addition to winning the judge’s award for powerful performance. Other individuals to receive a high gold rating for their solos were Zarah Zahrt, Kayley Brown, Paris Dean, Monroe Daniels and Reese Hough.