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(Minimum 4 dancers, no maximum)
(Minimum 15 dancers)
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Skyview High School
1775 High Sierra Blvd
Billings, MT 59105
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Big Sky Games is proud to welcome our amazing DanceSport Stage judges to Billings, Montana for this year's competition.
Halston Shaw is from Arkansas City, Kansas, but currently attends Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. She is a junior in the College of Education, studying Elementary and Special Education. She has also been a member of the Kansas State cheerleading team for the past two years. Halston attended Arkansas City High School, where she participated in dance line, volleyball, NHS, and Student Council. Halston has been dancing since she was three years old, and started doing competitive when she was just six years old. She is experienced in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and pom. With competitive dance being a big part of her life, she was chosen to GoPro for Talent On Parade in Branson, Missouri just when she was a junior in high school. She also took over the title of Top Entertainer of the Year in 2008 for Talent On Parade. Halston has also won many national champion titles, starting a very young age in her life. She has attended competitions all over including: Starpower, Elite Dance Cup, Odyssey, Talent on Parade, and many more.
While outside of school, Halston was involved in both competitive cheerleading and dance. After school, she would go straight to her hometown studio, Ark City Dance, where she trained for upcoming dance competitions and recitals. After dance practice, she would head straight out to her moms cheer gym, Advanced Cheer Crew. At Ark City Dance, she was trained by head coach Jennifer Blatchford and owner Terri Schroeder. At the age of 14, she was asked to start teaching classes at the studio after school. At about this same age, she also started coaching private tumbling at her moms cheer gym. Growing up, she was super involved and busy with both cheer and dance. She mentioned that sometimes she would even go to cheer practice in her ballet tights!
Martika Chappell is from Salina, Kansas but attends Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She is a junior in the College of Family Studies and Human Services, a member of Delta Delta Delta, and also a member of the cheerleading squad. Martika attended Salina Central High School where she was a member of the soccer team, dance team, cheerleading team, and a baton twirler for the marching band. Martika attended NDA for two years where she was awarded an All-American Dancer. She performed in Disney World for the Christmas Extravaganza on ABC television network.
Outside of school Martika was a baton twirler for 15 years where she was also on the nationals team, danced for 7 years, and competed in dance for 4 years. She taught and trained at Prestige School of Dance and was a member of the Senior Competition Team. There, she was instructed by Kristal Huehl, who provided her with classes in hip-hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and tap. While at Prestige, Martika partook in several conventions and master classes. She also received several top placement awards individually and as a team member from competitions such as Talent On Parade, Elite Dance Cup, Odyssey Talent, and Starpower.
During college, Martika has been asked to judge multiple tryouts from middle school cheerleading and dance to high school cheerleading and dance. She enjoys all types of dance and is so excited to see what Montana has to show her! After college, Martika plans to become a family and marriage therapist and wants to coach competitive cheerleading or dance in the great state of Texas!
Alison Woodward grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and started dancing in creative movement classes at the age of 2. Moving into company at age 5 she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop, but tap continued to be a passion and resulted in multiple solo routines throughout her competition career. Traveling and competing throughout Phoenix, Las Vegas, and areas of California allowed her to take classes with amazing choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, and Michael Rooney.
In college, while studying to be a Science Educator, Alison continued to take dance classes on the side. Working with such wonderful instructors as Michael Williams and Melissa Lowe at the University of Arizona. A few weeks in to Michael Williams tap class and Alison was soon called out to be an assistant and by the end of her college career she was helping teach the tap classes, conducting private lessons, and assisting Michael Williams during the Jazz in AZ convention classes.
Alison has always had a knack for teaching and since the age of 11 she has assisted, led warm-ups, and taught dance classes. This continued with numerous studios in the Tucson, Arizona area and eventually expanded to working competition choreography. Life changing events took Alison, and her husband, to Jacksonville, Alabama. She found work at a competitive studio in Rainbow City, but started her own competitive team, Calhoun Academy of Dance, in 2013. This past October Alison officially took over as studio Director. Calhoun Academy of Dance offers jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, tumbling, baton, and clogging. Her competitive team competes throughout Alabama.