Zoe Schnell, a 16-year-old from Superior, won the title of “Super Star of the North” at The Ultimate Talent Connection’s Spring Fling Dance and Twirling Competition on March 23 at Northwestern High School in Maple.
More than 500 dancers and twirlers from the Midwest attended the Spring Fling. Schnell competed in twirling solo events as well as a twirling duet with her cousin, Traxx, and twirling teams with Sterling Silver Studio and the Superior Spartan Twirlers.
Schnell was the highest scoring twirler, and Moose Lake’s Alicia Miller, of Shooting Stars Dance in Cloquet, was the highest scoring dancer.
The two then competed in a dance/twirl off at the end of the competition, with Schnell winning the overall title of “Super Star of the North.” Along with the title comes a crown, banner, trophy and an all-expense paid trip to be featured in the All American Halftime Show at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando on New Year’s Day.
Miller won the first runner-up title, which included a crown, banner and an invitation to perform at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Schnell has been twirling and dancing at Sterling Silver Studio in Superior since she was 1 year old. She started dancing in the “Mommy and Me” class with her mother, Amanda Schnell.
She is a member of the Superior High School Spartan twirlers. In 2018, along with her teammates, Emma Fornengo, Emma Johnson, Macie Tuura and Mady Seacotte, won the National Baton Twirling Association’s National High School Championship title at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind.
“Winning the Super Star of the North title with my teammates by my side was a perfect ending to a really great season,” Schnell said.
The All-American Halftime show at the Florida Citrus Bowl will perform in front of an audience of 60,000 and will air live on national television on New Year’s Day.
Throughout the week beginning Dec. 28, Schnell and the other cast members will rehearse every day at the stadium. They will also have the opportunity to visit Disney World and Universal Studios between rehearsals.
“This truly is the performance of a lifetime,” said Carolyn Nelson-Kavajecz, director of The Ultimate Talent Connection. “Every dancer and twirler that we have sent to the show over the years returns with memories of one of the best weeks of their lives.”
NOTE: For those wanting to see Schnell’s Super Star of the North Performance, she will be performing in the Student Showcase at the Superior Council for the Arts Spring Sampler at UWS Holden Fine Arts building at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. … For more information, contact Nelson-Kavjaecz at 218-260-7771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.