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Solo or with her team, Westlake’s Geertsen wins at dance

Sophomore Kyra Geertsen has been dominating the dance floor ever since she set foot in the studio nine years ago.

At age 7, Kyra began dancing locally at Ultimate Etc. under the direction of Misty Anderson and Candice Spivey.  It wasn’t long before her teachers and parents recognized the natural talent and desire Kyra possessed.

That first year, 7-year-old Kyra was placed in her first solo competition in which she claimed the first, of what would soon be many, national championships. From that point forward Kyra has continued to be a force to be reckoned with.

She currently holds titles as a national junior All-American, three-time All-American, Dance Spectacular Queen, and eight overall championship titles. In the meantime, Kyra has also become an award-winning choreographer for herself, her studio and her school.

Westlake High sophomore Kyra Geertsen.

Westlake High sophomore Kyra Geertsen.

In addition to her time spent at the dance studio, Kyra is currently also a member of the Westlake High drill team, the Storm, under the direction of Kelli Knight. The team has made its mark in the 5A classification, placing at almost every competition it has attended.

It’s no surprise, Kyra has once again taken the solo competition by the reigns. As a sophomore, Kyra recently competed at the Excalibur Classic Solo Drill Team Competition, where she captured first place in the 5A Lyrical division, but also won “Overall Judges Choice Award” for the entire competition.

“(It’s) an award that is not only an honor, but difficult to win, especially with so many veteran dancers and top-notch schools,” a local drill team coach said.

Kyra also took sixth place overall in the 5A Lyrical division at the Rocky Mountain Drill Team Solo competition held at Corner Canyon High School. This was the largest UHSAA solo competition held this year with more than 19 dancers in her division and 117 soloists overall.

Kyra is looking forward to her next adventure, which will be to compete in the Miss Drill Utah Competition held on Feb. 12 and 13. Kyra hopes to go on to dance as a BYU Cougarette and own her very own dance studio where she can continue to share her love and passion of dance with so many.

The Westlake Storm will be competing again on Jan. 29 at their region competition in hopes of advancing to state. The region competition will be held at Riverton High School and begins at 5 p.m.

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