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Rifle’s Full Throttle Dance Team headed to nationals

Full Throttle Dance Company performs a jazz routine that landed 16 girls a trip to Nationals including those seen in the photo from left to right: Valerie Capraro, jorden Fulton, Cipriana Dacuma, Hartleigh Porter, Kylee West, Alyssa Wenzel.
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Rifle’s Full Throttle Dance Team competed in the Nexstar Dance Competition in Denver this spring, and one of its routines landed its 16 performers a trip to nationals this summer. Choreographed by Full Throttle Dance Company Owner Brandi Donelson, the jazz routine took just under three minutes to land the girls a win at regionals.

“I started Full Throttle Dance Team two years ago, and since the beginning of August we have practiced this routine every Friday for two hours,” Donelson said. “All except two of the girls have been with me since the beginning.”

Being named regional champions in the Novice-12 and Over Division may be the highlight in Donelson’s and her dancers’ careers. Some of the girls have danced with her for nearly a decade.

“I’ve been teaching dance for the last 12 years and I’ve never placed as well as we did,” Donelson added.

“I have girls from New Castle to Rifle and the cool thing is that when they come to dance, they are good friends.”

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At least half of the regional champion dancers have been with Donelson since before she started Full Throttle. She believes comfort and familiarity really helped separate them in this year’s competition.

“They were all very surprised and proud of one another,” she said.

Nationals will take place Aug. 1 in Secaucus, New Jersey, and the team is already trying to raise money to go. Donelson estimates that the trip would cost around $1,000 per dancer. She hopes to find sponsorships and hold fundraisers this summer.

Already, the team has begun selling raffle tickets for its silent auction this summer, in which 250 pounds of meat plus processing will be auctioned off, donated by Screamin’ Eagle and Holy Cow Packing Plant. The silent auction will be held June 25.

For more information, reach out to Donelson via the Full Throttle Dance Co. Facebook page.

The dance team practices at the Ute Theatre every Friday, but Donelson’s goal this summer is to find a studio in town where the team could practice.


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