The Dance Awards is one of the largest and most prestigious national dance events with more than 1,700 dances competing. The event, held in Orlando, Fla., starts on Friday, July 13 with the Best Dance Competition and ends on Thursday, July 19 with a convention classes and a closing show.

“We are so excited for The Dance Awards,” Ms. Lindsey says. “For us as teachers, we have prepared the dancers that this is really a learning opportunity, and while they should always try their very best, the results of the competition portion are not the most important thing.  The most important thing is that they learn something. We have encouraged them to focus on not only
competing to their best ability, but to try to take in all of the classes, choreography, auditions, and make amazing dance friends from across the country.”

Click here to see when Just Dancers are competing (select Just Dance! in the studio filter). Click here to watch the livestream.

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The Best Dancer Competition is for dancers who were either winner or runner up as a Jump VIP, 24-Seven Nonstop Dancer, or Nuvo Breakout Artist.  The Just Dancers competing are:

Mini: Faith Tranchida
Junior: Addison Adams, Grace Martin, Madelyn Hall, Leilah Baird
Teen: Lana Baird, Payton Luckie, Caitlyn Hall
Senior: Alden King, Abby Haynes, Jade Boerman

Hope Gregg is also participating as a Best Dancer, but not competing for the title.

Best Dancer scores are composed of a solo score plus a ballet and jazz audition. From there they generate a top 20, and then the Top 10 best dancers “Dance-off” on stage in an improv competition in front of the entire judging panel and a packed audience.  They then pick a top 3 or
4, and those dancer re-compete their solos.

“The Best Dancer Dance Off is such an experience to watch and our dancers are so excited to see it live! Overall competition for Best Dancer is  truly an experience of dancing with the “best” dancers in the country and it is such a great learning environment.”

Check back often to see our results!