Two skating sisters from Export have some very happy dancing feet after learning late this summer that they both qualified for the 2013 National Solo Dance Championships scheduled for Sept. 18-21 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Twelve-year-old Olivia and eight-year-old Mauriana Dorsch, both of whom represent Center Ice and Blades of Western Pennsylvania, are the only western Pennsylvania ice dancers attending this year’s competition. (Paige DiToppa, a freshman at Miami University, also earned an invitation—her fourth—to this year’s National Solo Dance Championships, but chose to decline due to her commitments to the Miami University Synchronized Skating Junior Team.) This marks Olivia’s second invitation to the National Solo Dance Championships, but for younger sister Mauriana, this will be her first time participating in this national-level competition.
To qualify for an invitation to the National Solo Dance Championships, skaters from the Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast sections of the country had to have competed in at least two Solo Dance Series-participating competitions and have finished in the top six places in each solo dance level. Skaters who won three or more competitions throughout the season also qualify for an invitation.
Among the accolades that helped earn Olivia her invitation are a first-place finish at the 36th Cherry Blossom Invitational, a silver medal at the 2013 May Day Open and strong performances at this year’s Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships. Mauriana clenched her spot with a win at this year’s Cherry Blossom Invitational, a fifth-place finish at May Day Open and a first- and fifth-place finish at the 2013 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships in August.
Olivia will compete at the Pre-Silver level on Friday. Qualifying round dances include the Foxtrot and European Waltz. If Olivia places in the top six skaters in her qualifying round, she will advance to the Championship round on Saturday where she will compete the Fourteenstep. Mauriana will compete at the Preliminary level skating the Rhythm Blues and Canasta Tango in Thursday’s qualifying round in hopes of also placing in the top six. The Dutch Waltz is the Championship round dance, which is also scheduled for Saturday.