Local Dance Studio Wins National Awards – Darke County Now

GREENVILLE—Cari Plessinger started dancing at the age of five.

“My mom put me in dance class because I was shy,” she said. “Almost everyone I used to dance with when I was younger, we all have some sort of studio, or even dance. Some dance in Europe, and still own studios. We all do something with dancing, and we’re all in our fifties.

Today director and co-owner of 5678 Dance Studio, she has forty years of experience in dance.

Plessinger said that in addition to making lifelong friends, dancing is a great tool for teaching discipline to her students.

“When you’re not on time or wearing the wrong outfit,” she said. “You must be in uniform at all times. The friendships and the bonds they make, these girls, they have birthday parties together, I go to all their birthday parties, some of them have known me since they were two or three years old.

The studio, located in Greenville, accepts dancers ages two and a half, to adults for their recess lessons. Dancers have the option of choosing between recreational or competitive classes in the genres of tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, creative movement, and tumbling. The studio incentive and competition program accepts dancers from kindergarten through high school.

Recently, the cheering and competing team won a big prize at the National Rainbow Dance Competition in Tennessee.

“Of the three competitions, we usually choose one that we would like to compete in the national championships for,” she said. “This year we decided to go to the Rainbow contest in Pigeon Forge, TN. Of the contests we held this year, we received two double platinums, 33 platinums, 19 top ten prizes.”

With the competitive season officially starting in the fall, Plessinger said the team is constantly dancing.

“The girls I have right now, we don’t stop,” Plessinger said. “They worked all summer. The normal season for any dance season is that we start in September and we usually see three regional competitions in March, April and May.

The rewards obtained during the competitions are based on a points system. In addition to the more than 50 national awards they won during the season, the team won 20 awards in total in Tennessee, two of their dancers were finalists for Dancer of the Year, and the studio won the National Studio of the Year Award.

During the competition, the team competes against other studios from major metropolitan areas like LA and Atlanta.

“We are small,” Plessinger said. “We bring 10 numbers, they bring 50. They bring busloads of people, they had a production that was probably 80 people. So all these girls came from a studio. They come from everywhere.

Next, the Darke County Elite Cheer Team will begin the 2022-23 competitive season competing at the Miami and Darke County Fairs.

To register for recreational classes, go to www.5678dancestudiogreenville.org. For any questions, contact Plessinger at 937-621-9559 or 5678cari@gmail.com.

In addition to the more than 50 national awards they won during the season, the team won 20 awards in total in Tennessee, two of their dancers were finalists for Dancer of the Year, and the studio won the National Studio of the Year Award.

Next, the Darke County Elite Cheer Team will begin the 2022-23 competitive season competing at the Miami and Darke County Fairs.


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