The Dance Workshop earns high honors at competition
December 20, 2011
The Dance Workshop just returned from the West Coast Regional Dance Master’s Dance Competition. The Dance Workshop took a small team of dancers who are interested in competing, to the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.
“We are always very proud of all of our students. We have a small team of dancers who are interested in competing on the national level and we always hold our own against the big studios who focus only on competition,” Director Ann Peters said. “We try to bring routines that are very different, that are executed precisely and that show off our dancer’s strong technique. We also still try to show the judges that we know dance is an art, not a competition.”
The dancers received many top awards. The youngest dancers took first place in a musical theater routine, “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.” The same group joined forces with The Dance Workshop Adult Ballroom team and took first place and an extra judge’s award for “When I’m Sixty Four.” The adults went on to win second place in the open category for a nightclub two step routine performed to Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.” The Senior competition team won first place with all of their routines. The Beatles’ “Back in the USSR” received a special judges award as well.
“Lonesome Road” was honored for most intricate choreography and “William Tell’s Overture” won the Highest Point Award of the Day.
“We like to go to this competition because it is run by the only National Teacher’s Education Organization in the United States. It is not run by a competition company,” Peters said. “The competition is always held early in the dance season and since we are a small group, we work really hard for short time before the competition and then many of our students are still able to participate in team sports, dance, and other extra curricular activities. We love that our students love to dance, but we also know that they need to have time to experience as much as they can during their school careers. So this competition is a good choice for us.”