New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA) National Finale is an incredible opportunity for any dancer and we are thrilled to have five Just Dancers participating, accompanied by Lindsey Gentry, Just Dance! co-director.
Just Dance! junior company member Leilah Baird and senior company member Lana Baird are NYCDA Outstanding Dancers, so they competing for the title of National Outstanding Dancer. Outstanding Dancer scoring is based on solo performances (40%), ballet audition (30%) and jazz audition (30%). Both Lana and Leilah have already competed their solos. Lana earned a platinum score and was the 5th overall highest scorer. Leilah received a high gold.
Ms. Lindsey says, “I’m so proud of both girls. This year, NYCDA raised their scoring levels making it harder for dancers to earn a platinum score.”
Just Dance! senior company members Abby Haynes, Jade Boerman and Hallyn White participated in a “Cats” audition – a real audition with casting agents! A lot of the current cast members were former NYCDA dancers and winners. All three also competed their solos (results coming).
On Monday, Abby and Hallyn have college scholarship auditions. Their ballet audition is with Tiler Peck (princpal dancer at New York City Ballet) and they also have a jazz audition.
Monday night the group is going to see an American Ballet Theater (ABT) performance and Misty Copeland is scheduled to perform, so everyone is so excited!