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Strobl dances at nationals

Sofia Strobl

PARKERSBURG — Fifteen-year-old Parkersburg native Sofia Strobl competed among the best dancers in the country in the Star Talent National Dance Competition in Myrtle Beach. Thirty-eight studios attended the nationals.

Having won Top Teen Soloist at the regionals, Strobl was invited to be part of the Star Select Performance Group, an honor given to only a few dancers chosen by judges during regionals.

She competed her three solos coming out on top with her lyrical solo “Let Go” choreographed by Madelynn Spang, who after graduating from high school is pursuing professional dance as a career and is on tour with the singer Pink. Spang is an alumni of Studio 19 Dance Complex in Pittsburgh, which does many of Gels Dance Centre competitive choreography.

Nationals consisted of a week of workshops in performance, improv competition and interviews. At the end of five days, Strobl was crowned Overall Teen Miss Star Talent having scored the highest on her solo, improv, interview, workshop and photogenic combined to be bring home the National Championship to her studio and to represent Star Talent Productions as Miss Teen Star Talent 2019-2020.

Strobl will enter the 10th grade at Parkersburg High School in the fall. She has danced at Gels Dance Centre in Vienna since age 4. She also is a senior assistant.

She is trained in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop under the direction of Gel Tracewell, owner, and coaches Katrina Stenson, Michele Hamilton and Beth-Anne Moore.

Strobl is an honor student with a 4.143 GPA and is involved in Freshman Cabinet and key Club. She also runs track and was awarded the Rookie of the Year for outstanding performance as a freshman.

She is the daughter of Neil and Parnaz Strobl of Vienna. She also is the twin sister to Simon.

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