Harrisburg's Duncan Ready for State, Career in Dancing


By WSIL Sports

HARRISBURG -- DJ Duncan is lacing up his spikes for the last time this week. The senior is preparing for his fourth straight trip to the state meet, looking for his first title.

"I think if everything goes well and I take care of business," Duncan said. "I should come back with a gold in two (events)."

At last week's sectional, Duncan finished first in both of his events. In the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, he posted the third fastest time in the state in all three classes. In the 110 high hurdles, he ran the state's fastest mark and broke a 33-year old school record previously held by his dad's first cousin.

"For me to be the one to come back and break the record," he said. "I think he's happy and I'm definitely happy."

Duncan's received numerous offers to continue running in college but he turned them all down so he can focus on his other passion, dancing.

"I've always had an interest in dance from when I was really little," Duncan said.

Seven years ago, Duncan's sister signed him up at Touch of Class Dance Studio in Harrisburg. Now he spends as much time in the studio as he does on the track.

"There are days when I sweat more in dance class than I do at track practice."

Duncan's worked to perfect routines in jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip-hop. His dance instructor, Melonie Motsinger, says DJ's versatility is what makes him stand out.

"He's what we like to call a triple-threat," Motsinger said. "He can sing, he can act, and he can dance.

"He's going to be huge in the dance world."

Next year, Duncan will attend Webster University in St. Louis on a dance scholarship. He hopes to dance professionally with a touring group one day, but not before he makes one last run at a state title.
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