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Abby Brunty of Crawfordsville (left) is a sixth grader at Granville Wells. Ali Hieston of New Ross is a freshman at Southmont.

If you are on Facebook at all then you’ve probably seen the many dance videos spreading like wildfire of local dancers, dancing away at several recognizable locations including, The Paper of Montgomery County! Talent Factory Arts & Dance (TFAD) look for unique ways to celebrate National Dance Day each year and this year did not disappoint when TFAD launched its “Bust a Movement Challenge.” Owners, Jim and Paula Kochert challenged their dancers to go out and spread happiness through the art of dance. Challenge participants had to take videos of themselves doing a dance move in different locations and post the videos on Facebook and Instagram.

“We decided to do this to get kids out . . . to get our dancers up and moving before dance classes start. This encourages families to get out and plan on how they were going to do this challenge together. Parents had to go with their kids to drive them around at the different locations . . . getting families to interact with one another,” Kochert said.

She spoke as to how social media has become such a huge part of people’s lives and that with this challenge the kids and parents alike get their “social media fix” and everyone can participate at any skill level. The challenge encourages families to interact and spend time together. Kochert said, “Talent Factory is all about family.” This mantra shows in how she and husband Jim run their business. Her children, daughter’s Madeline and Marigrace have both been involved in Talent Factory as well as the couple’s grandchildren.

Dance dad, Courtny Cotten says, “My girls, [Dorothy and Frances] are always excited to go to dance class and always leave there happy. Regardless of skill level, they are taking these young children and molding them into healthy bodies.”

Two Montgomery County participants, Abby Brunty and Ali Hieston recently brought their love of dance to The Paper of Montgomery County. Along with many other locations the young dancers danced in front of our offices inspiring fun and bringing smiles to those around them.

Ali Hieston of New Ross, accepted and conquered the challenge, winning first place in the ‘Bust A Movement Challenge.” Hieston has danced her way through towns such as Lebanon, New Ross, Ladoga, Jamestown, Advance, North Salem, Lizton, Brownsburg and Crawfordsville. She has gotten business owners, employees, and even the local Walnut Township Fire Dept. to dance with her! Hieston is beginning her third year as a member of the Talent Factory Dance Company and took on the challenge on full force. Hieston expressed her excitement at winning the challenge saying, ”Thank you so much to everyone who helped me win this super fun contest! A huge thank you to Talent Factory Arts & Dance for creating this awesome challenge! I’ve had so much fun going around and dancing everywhere! I met other dancers and got some employees to dance with me too!”

Hieston’s mom, Pam Collins writes, “I am so proud of her! We had so much fun with this. Loved the smiles on people’s faces when she was dancing . . . It was awesome when employees and customers joined in!”

Kochert expressed how proud she was of Hieston and of all their participants. Saying, they had no idea when this started just how big it would get!

Talent factory is located in downtown Lebanon and is open to all skill levels and abilities.

Originally published: The Paper of Montgomery County

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1 – Maggie Wade
1 – Will Wade
6 – Avery Lewis
9 – Brynleigh Taylor
10 – Addison Roach
11 – Roscoe Bradbury
11 – Caiden Gilbert
11 – Cecelia Hernandez
15 – Emily Konz
15 – Natalie McPherson
21 – Della Dininger
22 – Mya Walters
23 – Brooklyn Windhorst
24 – Miss Paula
26 – Makayla Warren
28 – Hailey Sparks
31 – Chelsey Houldridge

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4 – Addison Miller
5 – Aliviah Long
8 – Blake LaGrange
8 – Brooklyn Barclay
9 – Addison Demaree
9 – Miss Marigrace
14 – Nolahni Sant’Ana
15 – Elizabeth Gomez
21 – Miss Madeline
23 – Annabelle Fry
24 – Danica Toleos
26 – Annabelle Thatcher
30 – Trenton Jenkins

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2 – Aaliyah Thatcher
4 – Charlie Hebert
4 – Rachel Shepherd
7 – Mackenzie Schick
7 – Aivah Echols
11 – Madylin Gifford
12 – Kalia Snapp
13 – Madison Bialk
16 – Kaylee Woodard
20 – River Roys
22 – Hannah Pierce
22 – Willow Rimmer
26 – Jacob Johnston
31 – Kalie Brown
31 – Tempe Thompson

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1 – Alaina Smoot
4 – Maisa Kent-Doolan
4 – Zander Kent-Doolan
7 – Charley Reagan
9 – Jadyn Basey
12 – Leah Jones
14 – Elle McLaughlin
14 – Aliya Shelley
19 – Lyla Jackson
22 – Gracelynn Hart
24 – Kathryn Tranum
25 – Elizabeth Thatcher
28 – Kloe Coyle

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5 – Eli Sloan
6 – Genevieve Schultz
9 – Olivia Parker
11 – Josie Pratt
12 – Harper Robison
13 – Timmy Faulk
18 – Peyton Johnson
18 – Aryana Merrell
20 – Lydia Harris
21 – Destinee Randell
26 – June Dimiceli
26 – Bradley Toleos
30 – Chloe Huff
31 – Jaycie French

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3 – Jaxson Skinner
4 – Ali Hieston
7 – Brayden Schick
9 – Jessa Baker
20 – Madi Maxwell
21 – Carmello Arredando
22 – Anderson Corya
23 – Arya Burgess
23 – Chloe Paisley
25 – Abby Brunty
29 – Remington Sauer
30 – Maggie Strahlem
31 – Miley Wilhoite

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We love celebrating with our TFAD family! Wishing days full of cake, ice cream and dancing to our December birthdays:

4 – Olivia Miller
7 – Sofia Gomez
9 – Rhyanna Harris
9 – Madelynn Stambro
10 – Odyssey Harris
10 – Izzy Wade
12 – Mila Haseley
13 – Ethan Jackson
18 – Averie Lollar
21 – Sydney Strahlen
24 – Chloe Wilson
24 – Haley Hoffman
26 – Amelia Stambro
26 – Miss. Sami
30 – Colton Eastwood
30 – Sophia Sanchez
30 – Karis Woodard

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