Westbrook Dance Academy Takes Fourth at World Dance Championship

The Westbrook Dance Academy Senior Competition Team recently competed in the World Dance Championship in Secaucus, NJ on August 5, 2017 and finished fourth in the 15-19 Small Group Division. The team competed against qualifying dances from across the United States, Canada, France, China, Mexico, Australia, and Great Britain. Of the over 200,000 routines that compete in the Star Dance Alliance few qualify for the World Dance Championship. The team’s dance “Pandemonium” qualified in March at the Hartford, CT regional.

“Pandemonium” advanced to the finals by finishing in the top five in the semifinal round in one of the largest divisions at the World Dance Championship. The team was also awarded the Outstanding Performance Award for the division for their commitment to character. In the finals the team delivered another amazing performance en route its fourth place finish. Senior Competition Team members Brandi Andrade and Victoria Holton are from Westbrook, Mara Kelley, Katherine Izadi, and Courtney Briggs are from Old Saybrook and Miles Waterbury is from Clinton.

This marked the second time in three years that the Westbrook Dance Academy Senior Competition team has placed at the World Dance Championship.

Westbrook Dance Academy offers programs for those aged two to adult at the beginner, advanced, recreational, and competition levels. For more information on Westbrook Dance Academy or to register for summer or fall classes, contact 860-664-4308 or westbrookdanceac@aol.com, or visit www.westbrookdanceacademy.com.

 

Westbrook Dance Academy National Champions at Starpower

The Westbrook Dance Academy Competition Teams recently competed in the Starpower Talent National at Mohegan Sun July 10-14, 2017, and returned as National Champions. In a competition with 50 studios, over 1200 entries, and some divisions with over 60 entries, the team scored well and won National Championships in multiple group and solo divisions.

The Irish Step team scored 5 stars for “Warriors,” and won the National Championship in the 15-19 Small Group Division. The dance was also one of only five 12 and Up Small Groups to compete in the Intermediate Battle of The Stars. Irish Step Team members Victoria Holton and Brandi Andrade are from Westbrook, Mara Kelley is from Old Saybrook, and Caroline Bowe is from Madison.

The Senior Competition Team scored 5 stars for their musical theater “Pandemonium,” and open routine “Salem,” and 4 ¾ stars for their lyrical “Sweet Dreams,” placing third, fifth, and seventh respectively in the 15-19 Small Group Division. Pandemonium also received a special award. Senior Competition Team members Brandi Andrade, and Victoria Holton are from Westbrook, Katherine Izadi, Courtney Briggs, and Mara Kelley are from Old Saybrook, and Miles Waterbury is from Clinton.

The Teen Competition Team scored 5 stars for their tap “The Heist,” and lyrical “The Game,” and 4 ¾ stars for their jazz “The Boy Who Lived.” Teen Competition Team members Claire Pease and Kaylene Koelle are from Clinton, Alexandra Lee and Sara Kelly are from Madison, Megan Murphy is from Old Saybrook, and Brooke DellaRocco is from Chester.

The Teen Intermediate Competition Team dances Youth,” (lyrical) scored 5 stars while “Sunday Morning,” (tap) and “Cracks,” (jazz) scored 4 ¾ stars. “Youth” won the National Championship in the 15-19 Novice Small Group division, “Sunday Morning” placed second, and “Cracks” third. Teen Intermediate Competition Team Members Zoie Murphy and Cori Hofler are from Westbrook, Caroline Bowe is from Madison, and Alixandria Giannini is from Old Saybrook.

The Junior Competition Team scored 4 ¾ stars with their tap routine “Bell Hop Boogie,” and jazz “Wicked Little Girls.” Junior Competition Team Members Madison Grady and Gabriella Navarra are from Clinton, Sophia Rutkis is from Westbrook, and Sylvia Sonenstein is from Madison.

The Petite Competition Team scored five stars in their jazz dance, “Surf’s Up,” placing sixth in the 9-11 Novice Small Group division. Petite Competition Team members Katherine Barrera, Olivia Hartmann, and Isabella Johnson are from Clinton, Jaidyn Cote and Calla Gilson are from Old Saybrook, and Kylie Sevigny is from Old Lyme.

The Mini Competition team scored 5 stars for jazz routine “Single Ladies,” placing second overall in the 8 and Under Novice Duo/Trio Division. Mia Stowik is from Westbrook, Briella Dean is from East Haddam, and Julianna Robinson is from Essex.

In the 15-19 solo division, Miles Waterbury scored 5 stars for his tap solo “Singing in the Rain,” and won the National Championship. Brandi Andrade scored 5 stars for her tap solo “Bills,” placing seventh. Victoria Holton scored 5 stars for her tap routine “Feeling Good,” placing ninth. Katherine Izadi’s lyrical “Oceans,” Andrade’s open routine “Alice,” and Holton’s musical theater “Spanish Rose,” each scored 4 ¾ stars and Holton also received a special award for her musical theater.

Caroline Bowe and Cori Hofler scored 4 ¾ stars in their lyrical duo “War of Hearts,” and won the National Championship in the 15-19 Novice Duo/Trio Division. Bowe also won the 15-19 Novice Solo National Championship with her lyrical solo “Kite Song,” Giannini placed second with her open routine “Isle of Flightless Birds.” Each scored 4 ¾ stars.

Brooke Dellarocco scored 5 stars with “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” and won the National Championship in the 12 and Up Vocal Division.

In the 12 and Up Photo Division, Brandi Andrade placed third.

In the 12-14 Solo division, Claire Pease’s lyrical “Defying Gravity,” and Brooke Dellarocco’s jazz “Let me Entertain You,” scored 5 stars, while Mara Kelley’s lyrical “Count on Me,” tap “Shine,” Kaylene Koelle’s tap “Hamlet,” and Alexandra Lee’s lyrical “For Everything a Reason,” each scored 4 ¾ stars.

In the 9-11 Solo division, Sylvia Sonenstein scored 5 stars with her musical theater solo “My New Philosophy,” and placed third overall. Gabriella Navarra’s tap “My Strongest Suit,” and Madison Grady’s jazz “Evil Gal Blues,” each scored 4 ¾ stars with Navarra also receiving a special award.

Jaidyn Cote scored 4 ¾ stars for her jazz solo “Better When I’m Dancing,” in the 9-11 Novice Division.

It was the conclusion of another very successful season for the Westbrook Dance Academy Competition Teams.

Westbrook Dance Academy offers programs for those aged two to adult at the beginner, advanced, recreational, and competition levels. For more information on Westbrook Dance Academy or to register for summer or fall classes, contact 860-664-4308 or westbrookdanceac@aol.com, or visit www.westbrookdanceacademy.com.

Westbrook Dance Academy Competition Teams Earn Bids to Compete in World Dance Championships for Third Year in a Row

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The Westbrook Dance Academy Competition Teams recently competed in the Starpower Talent Regional Competition in March 2017, and earned four bids to the World Dance Championship in August. The Senior Competition Team dance “Pandemonium,” the Teen Competition Team dance “The Heist,” the Teen Intermediate Team dance “Youth,” and Junior Competition Team dance “Bell Hop Boogie,” all scored in the top 3 in their age divisions to earn their bids. The students are under the direction of Julie Reed-Russo.

The Senior, Teen, Junior, and Mini Competition Teams competed in the World Dance Championship in 2016. In 2015 the Senior Competition Team finished in the final five in the preliminary round to advance to the finals where they finished third, while the Junior Competition Team finished eighth.

The World Dance Championships will be held in August in New Jersey. Westbrook Dance Academy will compete against dances that qualify from across the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, China, and Great Britain.

Senior Competition Team members Brandi Andrade and Victoria Holton are from Westbrook, Katherine Izadi, Courtney Briggs and Mara Kelley are from Old Saybrook, and Miles Waterbury is from Clinton.

Teen Competition Team members Kaylene Koelle and Claire Pease are from Clinton, Alexandra Lee and Sara Kelly are from Madison, Megan Murphy is from Clinton, and Brooke Dellarocco is from Chester.

Teen Intermediate Competition Team members Caroline Bowe and Hannah Buess are from Madison, Cori Hofler and Zoie Murphy are from Westbrook, and Alixandria Giannini is from Old Saybrook.

Junior Competition Team members Gabriella Navarra, Madison Grady are from Clinton, Sophia Rutkis is from Westbrook, and Sylvia Sonenstein is from Madison

Westbrook Dance Academy offers programs for ages 2 to adult, Beginner to Advanced, Recreational and Competition.
For more information on Westbrook Dance Academy or to register for Summer or Fall classes, call 860 664 4308, email us at westbrookdanceac@aol.com or visit westbrookdanceacademy.com