After coming off a knee injury in January, Gardnerville resident Alicia Powers recently won the overall Female Masters Novice Pro-Am Swing event in Denver.
The Colorado Country Classic competition took place June 22 through 24 with country dancers of all ages competing.
"The knee's been doing really well. My confidence was good even though I'm always a bit insecure when I'm in front of everybody," the 67-year-old said. "All in all I exceeded whatever expectations I had going in."
The event consisted of west coast swing, hustle, night club two-step, and Salsa.
"I love them all. I probably had more fun with the Salsa. I just relaxed and enjoyed it," Powers said. "Masters Novice means it was for us oldies but goodies who are new at the dances, but I was thrilled with my scores and can hope to move up to intermediate soon."
Powers also made finals in the Jack & Jill country two-step event where participants are paired randomly during two rounds of dances.
"The guy I got paired with the first time went on to win the event," she said. "The second guy's skill level was lower, but he was fun and we had a great time."
To round out the competition, Powers also did well in the all ages country events of Waltz (wearing boots with a ball gown), west coast swing and country two-step.
"I placed first in several dances, but did not enter enough dances to qualify for overall placement," she said.
Powers drives to Reno and Carson City three days a week rehearsing for a ballroom dance competition in Florida this September.
With the help of dance teachers, Jeffrey Munson and Tim Renner Powers feels confident in her abilities.
"The best thing is the exercise and keeping me in shape," Powers said about competing. "I won't drive five minutes to a gym, but I'll drive an hour to Reno for a lesson."