"It's very controversial. People either love it or hate it," says dancer Aimee Budzinski
A dance troupe of 14 local teenage girls is heading to a national competition with a production they understand may ruffle some feathers.
"It's very controversial. People either love it or hate it," says dancer Aimee Budzinski.
The two-and-a-half minute routine centers on the capture and escape of Amanda Berry, the woman who spent ten years in Ariel Castro's house of horrors, until she, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were able to break free last May.
"I'm a risk taker. I always have been," says dance coach Rhyannan Haase Johnston. "I always tend to lean to the controversial pieces because I think we do well with it."
They use music and a radio news broadcast to serve as an audio guide for viewers. The girls simulate the Castro house coming down, the church community realizing a fellow parishioner was behind it and the heroic actions of Berry to break free.
They compete next week in Orlando against teams from Japan, China and Mexico.
Watch the performance here:
Routine highlights bravery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, they say.