By mtjulietintern

Submitted to Mt. Juliet News
Members of Testimony, a group of nine Mt. Juliet teens with Diamond Academy of Dance, accept an 8-foot trophy and prize money after they are named national grad champion at the July 2 Rainbow Dance Competition in Panama City, Fla.

Mt. Juliet dance studio, Diamond Academy of Dance, returned home with the “National Grand Champion” title from the July 2 Rainbow Dance Competition in Panama City, Fla.

Hip-hop dancer and academy instructor Justin Jenkins choreographed the award-winning routine.

“Our girls worked countless hours to perfect this performance, and their hard work paid off as their name was called on the stage as the winner,” said Diamond Academy of Dance owner Taylor Corlew Jenkins. “It’s so rewarding, as a coach, to see their dreams become a reality.”

Out of the 45 teams in the competition, the group of nine Mt. Juliet teens, called “Testimony,” took the highest honor, receiving an 8-foot-tall trophy and cash prize. The Diamond Academy team took home several other high-point awards, but this one was the icing on the cake.

Diamond Academy of Dance began its seventh season Aug. 7 and will soon begin training for a new competitive season. The local community voted the academy “Best Dance Studio” for three consecutive years and again in 2017.

For information on classes or registration information, contact, visit or find it on Facebook and Instagram @DiamondAcademyofDance.

Staff Reports