The Academy of dance competition team performs group numbers in Jazz and Tap at regional competitions throughout the Spring. Dance students are selected from recreational classes at the studio which is located at 8 Lunar Drive in Woodbridge to audition for competition teams. Team students typically participate in three local competitions and routinely advance to a national competition in summer. All competition numbers are performed each year at an annual Spring Showcase in June.
The 2022 competition season started with excellent routines at Dancer’s Inc. competition in New York. The Teen team kicked off a series of awards for the studio with their jazz performance to “Fever,” earning an elite (very high) score, a special judges award “The Whole Package,” and won first place overall in their category. Furthermore, the studio director and choreographer Teresa Gambardella won a choreography award for “Fever!” The following week in Bridgeport at Kids Artistic Review (KAR), the Teen group placed first overall with their theatrical tap number “West Side Story,” which also earned an outstanding performance award. Similarly, our junior teams started out strong this season by winning first place overall and a special award “Coolness Personified” for their jazz routine “City of Angels,” as well as third place for the tap number “Heaven Hop” and 10th place for the jazz number “Whose Got the Pain” at Dancers Inc. At KAR, the junior group received a judges choice award for “City of Angels.”
Academy of Dance also has a troupe of younger competitors that made their competition debut this season. The petite team scored 5th and 6th place overall in their age division with their jazz and tap numbers at the third competition of the year, Dance Xplosion held in Vernon CT. That day, the juniors scored first in category and first overall for “Heaven Hop” and first in category, 2nd place overall for “City of Angels.” “Whose Got the Pain,” which completed in a higher category earned 6th place overall. Finally, the teen team earned a special award “Broadway Bound” and got 1st in category and 7th place overall for “West Side Story,” while “Fever” scored 1st in category and 4th place overall.
In addition to the group numbers, Academy of Dance has a number of entertaining soloists who have scored well this season. This season our six soloists have earned high scores at each competition and have received extras such as scholarships to Hollywood, Invitation to New York City, and Xtreme team invitations. In addition, we had solos place 1st at Dancer’s Inc., 4th and 11th at KAR, and 1st, 3rd, and 7th at Dance Xplosion.
The girls have one more competition to prepare for and then the studio showcase on June 11th.