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Silhouettes, directed by Cedar Rapids native spotlight family in television championship round

Trophy eludles shadow dancers on 'America's Got Talent'

The Silhouettes, the Denver-area shadow dance troupe founded and directed by Cedar Rapids native Lynne Waggoner-Patton,
The Silhouettes, the Denver-area shadow dance troupe founded and directed by Cedar Rapids native Lynne Waggoner-Patton, performs with violinist Lindsey Stirling on Monday’s season 2 finale of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” (Trae Patton/NBC)

The Silhouettes shadow dance troupe with roots in Cedar Rapids didn’t make it to the Top Five and “Champion of the World” title on Monday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent: Champions” Season 2. That trophy went to the V. Unbeatable acrobat dance troupe from Mumbai, India.

But in an auditions flashback airing during the star-studded season finale on the NBC-TV talent competition, Cedar Rapids native Lynne Waggoner-Patton, The Silhouettes’ founder and director, said the show’s “gold light, glitter and everything” still are with her Denver-area troupe. Her dancers have been spreading their light across audiences around the world since leaping to fame as the Season 6 runner-up in 2011.

Their artistry won them a Golden Buzzer fast-pass to skip the semifinals and head straight to the final rounds of this championship season.

On a night when the Top 10 acts performed with former AGT winners and contestants, viewers saw The Silhouettes team up with Season 5 contestant-turned-violin-superstar Lindsey Stirling to present a story about family.

Set to Stirling’s song “Aurora,” from her new “Artemis” CD, all the elements the young dancers champion played out in the shadows they cast on a giant screen: home, military, music and canine companions, ending with the dancers shaping the word “family” in their signature style.

Salt Lake City trapeze artists Duo Transcend placed second, followed by 12-year-old violinist Tyler Butler-Figuero from North Carolina, third; vocalist Marcelito Pomoy from the Philippines, fourth; and Sandou Trio Russian Bar acrobats from Utah and Moldova, fifth.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Boogie Storm, a group of British dancers dressed like “Star Wars” Storm Troopers; Hans, a variety entertainer from Germany; Alexa Lauenberger, 11, and her performing dogs, also from Germany; and 13-year-old Norwegian singer Angelina Jordan.

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