By To the editor:
To The Wonderful People of the Mat-Su Borough, Alaska:I hope you all know that you have a diamond with quite a few smaller gems living in your area.The All About Dance studio located in Big Lake is totally amazing!! Their Clogging Dance style is nationally known.In 2019 they sent six dancers to the America on Stage National Championships in Utah. 9000 dancers were there that weekend to compete. Your Cloggers came home with the National Championship and many trophies. This past February my wife and I were fortunate enough to watch 16 of your Cloggers compete at the Regional Competitions in Nampa, Idaho. Again your Cloggers were superb!! They won it all again and brought back numerous trophies. This also qualified them to go back to Utah for the 2021 America on Stage National Championships.On May 13-15 your All About Dance Cloggers competed against the best in the nation and came away with two National Championships in two categories and the Overall Studio Grand Champions. Individually they took 166 first places, 13 second places, and 2 third places.After they returned to Big Lake the dancers entered the virtual Regional Dance Competition held by the Starbound organization in New Jersey. If they did well in this competition they qualified to go to the Starbound National Competition in Lake Tahoe, Nevada the end of July.Six of your Cloggers qualified for the Nationals and one of the dancers won his category and was Named Mr. Teen Starbound. Great Honor.The All About Dance Studio is a Non-Profit organization. They have had to earn their costume money, their travel money (airplane, rental cars, places to stay, food, etc) by selling food, calendars, raffles, and by donations.These Cloggers really need your help! They deserve to go to the competition! They deserve to represent Alaska, your Borough, and your towns on that stage.I have heard rumors that some won’t donate to this cause unless they get their names on a t-shirt. Can you prove me wrong? A donation page has been set up on the All About Dance website. These kids (dancers-Cloggers)need to come up with $7000 by June 15th for them to be able to go and compete. Please Mat-Su (Palmer,Wasilla, Big Lake, Houston, Willow, Knik, etc) Help these kids out!
Steve and Deb McCain,