Hard work and a knack for clogging sent Brianna Weers, 14 of Diller, to Maryland in July to compete in a national dance competition.
Weers has been dancing since she was four-years-old, according to her mother Kendra. She performs all kinds of dance styles, and competed in eight regional competitions this year. Brianna qualified for the Star Power National Competition in Ocean City, Maryland, on the strength of her top 10 finish in the advanced category at NexStar at the Orpheum in Omaha. 
The national competition also featured intensive classes taught by national-level instructors, Kendra said. Dancers were judged by a panel from national competitions. Brianna received a five-star rating, meaning she scored at least 290 out of a possible 300 in the advanced category, and finished 35th out of 92 dancers.
Older dancers (those in the senior level of competition) were competing for a $40,000 dance scholarship, and other dancers earned the opportunity to perform on Royal Caribbean cruises. The cruises were open only to dancers 16 and older.
This wasn’t Brianna’s first taste of national competition. She performed a few years ago at Wisconsin Dells. Competing at this level is definitely something she wants to continue doing, Kendra said.