Local dancers have tremendous success at the National Dance Competition

Danza! wins seven titles at nationals

Pictured from left to right are the national soloist award winners Marissa Grisanti, Emma Forthman, Mckenna Taylor, Kyra Taylor and Tabitha Shevlin.

Danza! Performing Arts Academy is pleased to announce their Danzaco Dance Company dancers have just returned from National Dance Competition with not one but seven national titles.

Dancers competed at the Contest of Champions held at the ESPN Center located at the Walt Disney Resorts in Orlando, Florida. The studio brought five ensemble dances all winning their division and the National Title for their genre. Senior Jazz performed a Bob Fosse inspired “All that Jazz” earning the company’s highest score in group performance. Junior Hip Hop “Alexander Hamilton” additionally earned director Krista Taylor the only choreography award of the event as well as the Hip Hop Title. Junior Contemporary Title was given to “Mama Who Bore Me.” The Musical Theatre Title was awarded to “Seize the Day” from Newsies and the small group Musical Theatre Title was given to “Revolting Children,” all performed by Danza! dancers. Danza! competed against studios from across the United States and received the most titles of any attending studio.

In addition to ensemble pieces the company also competed in the duet/trio and solo competition. Kyra Taylor and Mckenna Taylor won the highest scoring duet, trio or small ensemble dance of the entire competition for “Defying Gravity”. The duo also won the senior duet/trio title.

In solo action Mckenna Taylor received her third national title for highest scoring senior solo as well as the highest scoring solo of the entire competition by a margin of an unheard of 25 points. Not only did Danza! represent the senior division with first but also the second and third places by Tabitha Shevlin and Kyra Taylor respectively.

The junior solo title was awarded to Emma Forthman with a respectable fourth place for the youngest competitor in category Marissa Grisanti. In addition to competition, the studio had a private class and mock audition, including original Disney choreography from current shows. Dancers all received a certificate in recognition.

From left are the ensemble title winners Grace Nolan, Danielle Krajewski, Tabitha Shevlin, Emma Forthman, Kyra Taylor, Mckenna Taylor, Daisia Draggett and Marissa Grisanti.

Choreography and Company direction is provided by Danza! Director Krista Taylor. All dancers take class minimally in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and Tumbling at the studio in addition to a weekly rehearsal session. Other forms such as pointe, acro, contemporary, Irish and lyrical round off their dance education.

The company enjoys performing at a variety of community and charitable events. This season the dancers will participate in numerous competitions throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

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