Samantha Theriault, a junior at Riverside Junior Senior High School, recently won first place in the senior accelerated lyrical division and first place in the senior accelerated solo division at the DanceExplosion Talent competition held in Sparta, NJ .The National dance finals featured studios from all over the country competing for cash and prizes. Competition featured solos, duets, trios, small groups, large groups, lines and productions, ranging from amateur to experienced dancers. Samantha has been dancing since she was two years old and this is her fifth year participating in the DanceExplosion competition. Samantha attends Illusions Performing Arts Center in Old Forge. She said that she “loves being a part of a team. They are like family to me.”