A Force To Be Reckoned With

By Emily Sladek

If you haven’t heard about Farmington-based dance group Innovative Force, now is the time to. The group of dancers 26 dancers with an average age of only 12 has taken entertainment world by storm as they appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. From dainty and elegant twirling to tossing each other up into the air in a fit of pure strength and athleticism, audiences are left in awe of the girls’ talent.

The team’s adventure started in Chicago in May with their audition for America’s Got Talent (AGT). They tuned in weekly when the show aired, patiently awaiting to see their audition on the big screen. Chicago’s performance took them to Las Vegas, which in turn landed them performing live on the stage of New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

With fingers crossed, friends, family and fans gathered in Farmington for both the girls’ live performance at Radio City Music Hall, as well as the results show that aired the next day. Hopeful for a flawless performance and the chance to make it to the top 20, Innovative Force didn’t disappoint. The girls were among four acts from the twelve finalists that advanced to the semi-finals that week, making them one of the final 20 acts. Ecstatic, Innovative Force’s Facebook and Twitter exploded with congratulations and the girls’ own comments on the experience. 


They came home from New York City to a welcome party, and August 18-24 was officially declared “Innovative Force Week” by the St. Francois County Commission. They were also honored with an Elevation Award from the Chamber of Commerce for elevating the stature of the region through positive action. They headed back to New York to compete in the next round, sent off by a pep rally of approximately 1,500 well-wishers.

In these final rounds of competition, it is up to America to decide the fate of the remaining talent. Tune in to the show on August 27 and find out how you can vote to send the group to the finals.

Through their hard work, dedication, and boundless talent, the girls of Innovative Force are proving themselves truly a force to be reckoned with.

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