Freeport’s S & R Dance Studio named ‘Top Studio’

Online Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — S & R Dance Studio of Freeport, Ill., has completed a successful competition season once again.

Competing against 80 other studios and 2,000 numbers, the company participated in four regional competitions this year in Rockford, Davenport, Iowa, Madison, Wis., and Wheeling, Ill., winning many outstanding awards.

One-hundred fifty-five top-10 placements, 55 first overall awards, top score of three competitions and at Star Systems talent competition, S & R Dance Studio was bestowed the honor of “Top Studio,” winning a five-day cruise for Owner/Director Nikola Spinden-Meagher.

Additional awards received were junior, teen and senior icon awards and several runners-up. More than 30 specialty awards and 67 scholarships were awarded to dancers for advanced dance education and potential employment opportunities. Many of these dancers will travel to Hollywood Connection in Anaheim, Calif., this year to compete at the national level and audition for MTA talent agency, the LA Laker Girls, Stiletto Entertainment, record music videos and compete for Icon of the Year awards.

S & R Dance Company is composed of 80 dancers ages 7-20 from Freeport and 25 surrounding cities. These students spend several hours each week practicing the art of dance.

Spinden-Meagher is director and is assisted by Janelle Van Wassenhove, Brittany Harder and Dawn Friday. Fall and summer registration is under way for recreational and competition dance. Contact S & R Dance at (815) 233-4838 or by e-mail at

S & R will be performing its annual spring recitals in May. Competition Company dance concert will be at 6:30 p.m., May 18, and 1, 4 and 7 p.m., May 19, at Masonic Temple. Tickets are available at the studio, 18 W. Stephenson St., Freeport, beginning April 26, or at the door prior to the performances.

Posted May 8, 2013

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