Thursday, February 20, 2014
On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Litchfield Dance Arts Academy competed in the State Dance Championships at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center against dozens of North and South Carolina dance studios.
Students performed their solo, duet/trio, and group numbers in mini, junior, teen, and senior age categories.
More than 20 dancers from the academy performed 14 solos, two duets, and 13 group numbers during the 15-year-old competition which showcased ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theater styles as well as acrobatics and folk dance.
Several academy numbers received top honors: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” a lyrical jazz duet performed by Hope Dalbec and Anna Heinemann and choreographed by Robbie Nicholson received first place overall in the Mini Duet category; “One Way or Another” a jazz number performed by the academy’s Mini Company and choreographed by Burke Daniel received first place overall in the small group division; “Revolt” a musical theater number performed by the Petite and Junior Companies and choreographed by Daniel earned first place overall in the large group category; and “White” a musical theater number by the Senior and Teen Company members and choreographed by Daniel earned first place in the large group division.
Litchfield Dance Company members Ellie Harrell, Abigail Elliott, Lillie Akers, Hope Dalbec, Anna Heinemann, Ashley Jones, Mallory Bindner, Baleigh Louro, Kelley Grace Kerr, Molly Keegan, Elizabeth Heinemann, Kayci Sheridan, Ella Grace Bodie, and Kayla Sheridan all placed in the “top 10” in their respective age groups for their solos. Litchfield Dance Arts Academy came home with three ultimate platinum awards, 13 double platinum awards, 19 platinum awards, and two gold awards.
“I am pleased to say that every one of our dancers who participated placed in the top ten of their competitive division,” said academy director Ilka Doubek. “Our team of dedicated faculty, Rachel Tipton and Burke Daniel, along with our hard-working and talented students, are to be commended for these outstanding achievements.”
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