Updates and Corrections to Showstoppers Phoenix

The Klasen family brought home 2 silver trophies, 7 gold trophies, and two first place overall age group trophies at the Showstoppers Regional Dance Competition. Sean, 10 and Savannah, 9, of Sonoita, brought down the house with the traditional Mexican dance “La Negra”. As part of the large recreational 9-12 year old folkloric group, they not only won their age in the folkloric category, but also took first place over all categories for the age group. Mom, Suzanne, took the overall 16 and older with her gold first place in recreational song and dance.

Sean and Savannah also received a gold first place in the 10 year old Folkloric duet for their duet to “El Jarabe Tapatio” and a silver award in the for their Hip Hop performance with the teen super group. Savannah, also, received gold trophies for her Polynesian folkloric group, lyrical group and tap group. In the final performance for the family, Suzanne also received a gold for her small group folkloric performance to the traditional version of “La Bamba”.

Sean commented “Winning overall for ‘La Negra’ was the most exciting part of the competition”. Savannah said “I had the most fun in her hip hop performance because it was the most difficult and the most fun dance”. Sean and Savannah actually received their highest score for the whole competition for the group hip hop number, but it only earned a silver trophy because of harder scoring requirements in the teen age group. Age is determined in the Showstoppers competition by averaging the ages of all the dancers in a particular dance.

The Klasens hope to improve their scores at the Showstoppers National Finals at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, in July.

Here’s all the results and the scores: (All scores have been converted to 4 judge scores by dividing the 3 judge scores by 3 and then multiplying them by 4)

  • These Boots are Made for Walkin – Savannah – 9 yr Song and Dance Recreational Solo – Silver – 105.3
  • Prayer of the Children – Savannah – 8 yr Recreational Lyrical small group – Gold – 106.6
  • El Jarbe Taptio – Sean and Savannah – 10 Yr Recreational Folkloric Duet – Gold 107.1
  • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Savannah – 8 yr RecreationalTapSmall Group – Gold 107.2
  • Mati – Savannah- 8 yr Recreational Large Group Folkloric Polynesian – Gold 107.2
  • La Negra – Sean and Savannah – 9-12 yr Recreational Large Folkloric – Gold 108.0 * Overall Winner
  • Stunna Shades – Sean and Savannah – 13-14 yr Competitive Super Production Hip-Hop – Silver – 108.7
  • Heart Breaker – Suzanne – 30-29 Recreational Song and Dance – Gold 109.7 * Overall Winner
  • La Bamba – Suzanne – 30-39 Competitive Folkloric – Gold 110.5


  1. How wonderful! We are so proud of you!

    With more the judges’ critiques and more practice, I know the scores will even be higher at Nationals.

    ~Anne and Brett

  2. Wow, very cool!

  3. Cleaned up the post that Suzanne made under my name… argh…

  4. Looks like a lot of great medals……way to go!

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