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Legacy studio's senior small group won the title of national champion, finishing first overall in its competition.

Dancing queens: Woodbury's Vasilakos earns 'senior division' championship

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Students from the locally based Legacy Dance Studio were among the top-ranked dancers at the recent "Minneapolis Nationals" sponsored by New Orleans-based Masquerade Dance and held at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.


Woodbury's Kristen Vasilakos earned the title of "Senior Division Champion" for winning the 2012 Soloist National Dance Off. A 2012 graduate of Woodbury High School, Vasilakos is the daughter of Beth and John Vasilakos of Woodbury and will attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City this fall.

In addition, Legacy studio's senior small group won the title of national champion finishing first overall in its competition. Members of the Legacy senior small group are: Woodbury's Kristen Vasilakos, Ally Johnson, Lauren Vasilakos and Brie Yaritz, Lauren Becker and Cassie Tommerdahl of Oakdale, Maria Eterno and MacKenzie Weller of White Bear Lake and Stillwater's Ellie Pike.

Legacy operates studios in both Oakdale and Woodbury for students interested in recreational or competition classes. Classes are offered in ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop.