Boogie Fever takes over civic center

Dance competition continues today at Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center
Mar. 09, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The costumes at the Boogie Fever Dance Competitions Saturday ranged from baseball players and race car drivers to elegant princesses and 1920s flappers — the one thing they seemed to have in common was sequins.

With 14 dance studios participating, Boogie Fever Co-Owner Will Shover said there are more than 450 dancers were expected to compete at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center during the series of competitions being held during the two-day event, which is free to the public and ends today.

“Our philosophy is that it’s not about beating out others,” Shover said. “It’s about appreciating what you’ve learned and what you’ve accomplished. A trophy is icing on the cake. We want our dancers to improve through these competitions.”

Hosting the competition in Sanford is always exciting, he said, adding it was wonderful to be back in Lee County.

Jade Butcher, 12, of Spring Lake, performed with five other Southern Dance Explosion teammates shortly after noon Saturday.

“We did good, and I think we did the dance to the best of our abilities,” she said.

Getting on stage and performing with her friends is the best part of the competitions, she said.

Butcher’s mother, Wendy Butcher, said this was her daughter’s third year of competitions.

“I enjoy seeing the different ideas the studios have,” she said. “They all have a different take on the music and dances.”

James Gordon’s daughter, Alyssa, also competed on the Southern Dance Explosion team with Butcher, and said he hates to be biased but he fully believes his daughter’s team did the best.

“I love watching all the kids, but as far as technique, they were on point,” the Sanford resident said. “They’ve been dancing for years together and have a real feel for one another.”

More information about the dance competitions can be found online at www.boogiefeverdance.com.