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SL's Shima earns spot at Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search contest

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Christopher Shima was the winner in the Sprouts Division at the Bill Riley Talent Search. / Photo by Lorri Glawe
The Bill Riley Talent Search was rejuvenated at the Buena Vista County Fair, giving area youth the opportunity to perform with a chance to move on to the Iowa State Fair.

Christopher Shima, 12, of Storm Lake, won the Sprout Division (12 and under) with his tap dance routine. He was also the only Buena Vista County participant.

He was up against two other tap routines, vocalists, a jazz dance routine and a pointe-coppellia routine.

Christopher, the son of Jim and Lisa Shima, has been dancing since he was 3.

Mom Lisa is a dancer herself and is an instructor at Deborah's School of Dance which is owned by her sister Deb Dunn.

Christopher said there was rarely a time that he did not like dance and he continues to push harder as he grow older.

Having relatives as his teachers, he said, has made him want to improve.

The tap routine, done to the song, "Because We Can" was specifically worked up for the Bill Riley Talent Search by his mom. Christopher added that he has performed dance solos and in groups but prefers the solos.

Placing second and third in the Sprouts Division were Kira Langenfield, 8 and Parker Bekkerus, 9 of Denison who performed a tap duet. Third place went to Anna Meyer and Addie Wood, both 9, of Dow City who performed a singing duet.

The Senior Division (ages 13-18) winner was Jon Haverbink, 18, of Orange City who performed a cello solo. Second went to Dylan Struck, 18, of Dennison who sang a solo and third went to Taylor Lickteig, 18, of Kiron who also sang a solo.

As the rules state if the first place winner has already qualified at a previous Bill Riley Talent Search then the second place winner goes on. If that winner has qualified then the third place winner has the chance to go on. In this case, all three had already qualified so a fourth contestant was selected to go on to the state contest. Maggie Steinkamp, 13, of Wall Lake who sang a vocal solo was given the chance to move on.

The first, second and third place winners were given cash prizes.

Other participants in the Sprout Division were Jacob Henderson, 11, of Cushing who performed a tap solo; Laura Steinkamp, 5, of Wall Lake who performed a vocal solo; Kennadie Klein, 11, of Cherokee who performed a pointe-coppellia; and Rylie Bainbridge, 9, Haleigh Patterson and Chloe Shear, 10, of Cherokee who performed a jazz trio.

Other contestants in the Senior Division were Taylor Vandelune, 14, of Cherokee who performed a jazz routine; and Madison Struck, 12, Whitney Weiss, 12 and Jossie Schultz, 13. of Denison who performed a tap trio.

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