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School

Hibbits Hops into Harrison

Kelsey Cochran

New to the school, but not new to the world of dance, freshman Halle Hibbits has a story to tell.

If anyone is a follower of America’s Got Talent, you may know her as being one of the fantastic members of Innovative Force.

Innovative Force is a dance team based out of Farmington, Missouri.

The team advanced to the semi-finals during the 2013 season of America’s Got Talent and finished 12 out of 75,000 talents.

“We were asked to be on America’s Got Talent and went to an audition in Chicago in January,” said Hibbits. “Then we went to Vegas in May to find out if we had been accepted to be on the show starting in August.”

The team had around 2 months to organize their first dance, but once the show started to air they were given only weeks to prepare a completely new performance that would “wow” the judges and America.

“My family was so supportive during the show,” said Hibbits. “But Farmington was even more excited for us all.”

The town put on parade for the team and hosted parties in various restaurants throughout the town.

Although Hibbits is sad to have left one of her best friends, Chloe Barton, from the dance team, she is excited to now be a Raider.

Hibbits moved to Lafayette due to her stepfather’s new job at Purdue.

Although Lafayette is much larger than Farmington, Hibbits is adjusting to the city and Harrison well.

“The teachers here are super nice,” said Hibbits. “They make the transition a lot easier.”

Even though she is far from her team, her dancing has not stopped.

Rather than spending 75+ hours of studio dance with Innovative Force, she drives an hour away from Lafayette five nights a week to continue dancing with a new studio called Expressions.

“I have already made a ton of friends at Expression,” said Hibbits. “I’m excited to be dancing with this group of girls.”

Hibbits hopes to continue dancing for the rest of her life and if possible, attend college for dancing.

“My ultimate dream is to either be a back-up dancer for a singer or be on So You Think You Can Dance,” said Hibbits.

With the dedication she has, Hibbits' dream is just around the corner.