Local dance teams find success at National Championships

The National Champion Majestic Mini Dance Team. From left to right, starting in the front row: Madison Thompson, Mia Sells, Shelby Begier, Khloe Munson. In the back row: Abrieana Hall, Maddie Krakowiak, Brandi Meder, Audrina Cappa, Emma Fitzer, Alyse Bugaj.

The Collage Performing Arts Center of Fredonia is proud to announce the results of our four competitive dance team’s performance at the 2019 National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Florida. We are excited to have two National Champion Teams this year.

Our Mini Majestic dance team captured First place and National Champion title in the Variety Dance Division. In addition, the mini team earned fourth place in the jazz division and third place in the pom division. The Majestic Youth Dance Team earned The National title in the Youth Variety division. The Youth team also earned second place in the jazz division and fourth place in the pom division. The National Champions each received a medal, a trophy and a National Champions Jacket.

The Junior Majestic Lyrical team earned a second place finish missing first place by a mere .4 points. The junior Majestic’s Jazz team earned a fourth place finish in the jazz division.

The Majestic Senior dance team earned Silver, placing second in the senior variety division, receiving individual silver medals. The senior team also received third place honors in the senior Pom division.

This year’s Senior team is led by team captain Zoe Loeb. Junior dance team Captain is Maya Vecchio, and the youth team captain is Lilly Snyder. Choreography was provided by Jenna Mansfield and Mariah Wojciechowski. The teams are coached by artistic director Marci Williams-Hadley and assistant coach Shelby Genovese.

The National Champion Majestic Youth Dance Team. Pictured from left to right: Ashley Foringer, Lilly Snyder, Ella Duliba, Emma Fitzer, Alaina Incitto, Kearstin Witkowski, Taylor Thompson, Mya Carmona, Adriaana Kubacki.

Several Majestic teams received bids to The Summit, the largest National Dance Team competition in the United States in May. Award winning Summit teams are Mini Jazz, Youth Variety, Junior Lyrical and Junior Jazz.

The Majestic Dance teams travel to Orlando, Florida annually to compete with the best dance teams from all over the United States. The national competition is produced by Universal Dance Association and will be televised on ESPN in April.

The Collage PAC dance teams qualified for the national dance championships in July at the northeast regional dance championships in James Madison University. All teams earned first place in the pom and jazz division at the regional Championships. The top two scoring teams from the regional championships are eligible to compete at the national competition.

Competitive team dancers are required to enroll in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tumbling classes at the Collage Performing Arts Center year round. The dancers receive their ballet training from certified instructor Karen Schrader, hip-hop instructor, Torrie Nasca, jazz/contemporary instructor Olivia Graves, technique specialist and director Marci Williams-Hadley. Team members train approximately 8-15 hours per week in dance classes and team practice.