Photo Credit: STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Stas Trilisky (from left), Kristy Higgins and Drew Dyson stand behind the many trophies Step It Up Studio won at the Northeastern Triple Crown Dancesport Championship iPhoto Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Step It Up Studio dancers Steve Dishman (from left), Fran Dishman, Stas Trilisky, Kirsten King, Sherry Klein, Bruce Klein, Nicola Klein, Roxanne Thomas, Drew Dyson, Kristy Higgins and Larry Dean pose after being named the Overall Top Studio at the Northeastern Triple Crown Dancesport Championship in Orland, Fla. Dancers from Step It Up Studio in Lake Oswego recently competed in the Northeastern Triple Crown Dancesport Championship in Orlando, Fla. The local dance studio went to the competitions with more than 800 entries, four amateur students, three professionals and two spectators. Hundreds of dancers compete in the Triple Crown.

Step It Up was named the overall top studio and owner Kristy Higgins was awarded the Mary Kehls Award for professionalism. Step It Up instructor Drew Dyson was named Overall Top Teacher and Roxanne Thomas received the award for Overall Top Student.

Bruce and Sherry Klein were named Overall Top Amateur Couple and were also named Overall Top Newcomer Female Student and Overall Top Newcomer Male Student.

Fran Dishman received the Overall Top Silver American Style Student and Overall Top Silver International Style Student. She was also named among the Top 20 students, along with Thomas, and the Kleins.

The studio also won multiple championship first place awards, scholarship awards and individual first place awards.

First lessons are free at Step It Up Studio. The studio is open noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Higgins is currently offering six lessons for $129 and booking private events.

Upcoming events include a New Year’s Eve Ball and a Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Ball.

Step It Up Studio is located at 449 Third St., Lake Oswego. Call 503-744-0105 to learn more.

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