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Competition Team

Competition Team

The award winning Elite Competition Team trains and competes in many styles of dance on both a regional and national level. The team is comprised of a group of serious and dedicated dancers from throughout the Fox Valley ranging in age from seven to eighteen years old. Year after year, the Elite Competition Team continues to win high point and top placement awards, as well as numerous judges’ choice awards for technique, showmanship, and choreography.

Elite Academy of Dance’s Competition Team has been honored to receive Celebration Talent’s coveted “Life of the Party” Award given to team with the best spirit and sportsmanship in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2015!!! As winners of the 2014 National Dance Week’s Dance Power Award, the team will be representing Celebration Talent in National Dance Week’s Flash Mob Video Contest this summer. 

2015-2016 Season Placements & Awards ~ COMING SOON…

2014-2015 Season Placements & Awards

Competition #1 – Celebration Talent: Friday, February 13TH, Saturday, February 14TH, & Sunday, February 15TH

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on a FANTASTIC job at the Celebration Talent regional competition in Freeport! We are so proud of you! What an amazing start to our 2014-2015 season!

18 Platinum Trophies, 26 High Gold Trophies, 3 Gold Trophies, 13 1st Place Category Winner Awards, 2 Judge’s Choice Awards, 1 Choreography Award, 4 Performance Awards, 3 Showstopper Awards, 6 routines placing 1st Overall in their division, 22 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, 25 routines placing in the Top 10 of their division, 2 Junior Dancer of the Year Finalists (Congrats Kyla Sheridan & Megan Watwood), 1 Teen Dancer of the Year Finalist (Congrats Olivia Ziesmer), a Junior Photogenic Runner-up (Congrats Darby Anson), and a Junior Photogenic Winner (Congrats Paige Mitrenga)! We also received a Making A Difference Award for donating our trophies to the Muscular Dystrophy Association! 

Competition #2 – Edge National Talent Competition: Saturday, March 7TH & Sunday, March 8TH

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on an AMAZING job at the Edge National Talent regional competition! Way to go dancers!!

41 Platinum Trophies, 6 High Gold Trophies, 34 1st Place Category Winner Awards, 4 Judge’s Choice Awards, 12 routines placing 1st Overall in their division, 35 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, 40 routines placing in the Top 10 of their division, 3 Cutting Edge Performance Team Invitations (Congrats Kyla Sheridan, Nathan Lopez, & Aiko Roth), a Photogenic 2nd Runner-up (Congrats Darby Anson), and a Photogenic Winner (Congrats Paige Mitrenga)! 

We are also thrilled to have received two very special awards this weekend. Elite won both of the two Technique Awards that were given at this weekend’s regionals. A Technique Award was given in both the 12 and under and 13 and over age categories for a studio that displayed excellent technical execution and we are ecstatic to have won BOTH of these awards!

Competition #3 – International Dance Challenge: Saturday, March 21ST & Sunday, March 22ND

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on an AWESOME job at International Dance Challenge’s regional competition! We are so proud of you!

28 Platinum Trophies, 14 High Gold Trophies, 4 Gold Trophies, 14 1st Place Category Winner Awards, 2 Judge’s Choice Awards, 1 Director’s Choice Award (Congrats Nathan Lopez), 1 Best Costume Award, 1 Best Presentation Award, 1 Best Precision Award, 4 routines placing 1st Overall in their division, 13 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, 10 IDC Idol Semifinalists (Congrats Kyla Sheridan, Megan Watwood, Nathan Lopez, Taylor O’Brien, Payton Thomas, Olivia Ziesmer, Samantha Gallop, Elizabeth Gentile, Molly McGinn, & Aiko Roth)!

We are also thrilled to have received the second highest score out of all 11 and under routines with our Junior Jazz Trio “You’ve Got The Love!” Congrats Shayne Gandy, Kyla Sheridan, & Megan Watwood!

A BIG shout out goes to the dancers in “Holla At The DJ” for being selected to compete in IDC’s 11 and under Entertainment Challenge & to the dancers in “Gettin’ Fancy” for being selected to compete in IDC’s 12 and over Entertainment Challenge! Way to go dancers!! You guys rocked the stage!! Congratulations to the dancers in “Gettin’ Fancy” for winning the 12 and older Entertainment Challenge! We are so proud of you!

Competition #4 – Hall Of Fame Dance Challenge: Friday, April 17TH, Saturday, April 18TH, & Sunday, April 19TH

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on a GREAT job at Hall Of Fame Dance Challenge’s regional competition! Way to go dancers!!

24 Platinum Trophies, 23 High Gold Trophies, 21 Category Winner Awards, 3 Judge’s Choice Awards, 1 Costume Award, 1 Intensity Award, 1 Showmanship Award, 2 Precision Awards, 5 Entertainment Awards, 6 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, 12 routines placing in the Top 12 of their division, 6 All-Star Awards (Congrats Kyla Sheridan, Megan Watwood, Nathan Lopez, Olivia Ziesmer, Samantha Gallop, & Elizabeth Gentile), and a Photogenic Winner (Congrats Paige Mitrenga)!

A BIG shout out to the dancers in Work Work for being selected as one of Hall Of Fame’s Most Valuable Performance (MVP)! Their performance is displayed on the Hall Of Fame website! AWESOME job girls!

Competition #5 – Celebration Talent’s National Finals: Wednesday, July 15TH through Sunday, July 19TH

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on an INCREDIBLE job at the Celebration Talent National Finals in Wisconsin Dells! We are so proud of each and every one of you! What an amazing end to our 2014-2015 season!

19 Platinum Trophies, 28 High Gold Trophies, 15 1st Place Category Winner Awards, 4 Judge’s Choice Awards, 1 Costume Award, 3 Choreography Awards, 4 Performance Awards, 3 Showstopper Awards, 8 routines placing 1st Overall in their division, 20 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, and 21 routines placing in the Top 10 of their division! 

We also had a Petite Scholarship Winner (Congrats Morgan Watwood!), a Junior Scholarship Winner (Congrats Raegan Hamilton!), a Teen Scholarship Winner (Congrats Olivia Ziesmer!), and 2 12 & Under Photogenic Runners Up (Congrats Emily Kuchta and Paige Mitrenga!), as well as a 13 & Up Photogenic Runner Up (Congrats Kendall DePaul!) and a 13 & Up Photogenic Winner (Congrats Payton Thomas!)!

Our two Junior Dancer of the Year Finalists, Kyla Sheridan & Megan Watwood, as well as our Senior Dancer of the Year Finalist, Olivia Ziesmer, all made it into the final round for Dancer of the Year Title Winners in the Celebration Talent Showdown! Congrats to Kyla Sheridan for being selected as the 2015 Junior Dancer of the Year!! We are so proud of all of you girls!

A BIG shout out goes to the dancers in our Petite Large Group Jazz, It’s All About Me, our Petite Large Group Hip Hop, Holla At The DJ, our Junior Small Group Musical Theatre, Omigod You Guys, our Junior Jazz Trio, You’ve Got The Love, our Teen Small Group Jazz, Donatella, and our Production Routine, Burn It Up, for receiving one the top 5 scores in their age division and making it into the Celebration Talent Showdown on Sunday evening! We placed 4th with Burn It Up, 3rd with Omigod You Guys, 2nd with You’ve Got The Love, 2nd with Donatella, 2nd with It’s All About Me, and 1st with Holla At The DJ!!

We are so proud of the team and all of their hard work!

Platinum Trophy Count 2014-2015: 130 🙂

2013-2014 Season Placements & Awards

Competition #1 – Celebration Talent: Friday, February 21ST, Saturday, February 22ND, & Sunday, February 23RD

What an AWESOME start to our 2014 competition season!! GREAT job dancers! We are so proud of you!! GO ELITE!!!

11 Platinum Trophies, 23 High Gold Trophies, 2 Choreography Awards, 2 Judge’s Choice Awards, 2 Performance Awards, 3 Showstopper Awards, 9 Category Winner Awards, 14 routines placing in the top 5, 3 routines placing in the top 8, 2 Dancer of the Year Finalists (Congrats Shailey Rodriguez & Molly McGinn), and the Outstanding Senior Dancer Award (Congrats Paige Thomas)! We also received a Making A Difference Award for donating our trophies to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the National Dance Week Dance Power Award to represent Celebration Talent during National Dance Week’s Flash Mob Video Contest.

Competition #2 – Applause Talent: Saturday, March 1ST & Sunday, March 2ND

AWESOME job to the Elite Competition Team at their second competition, Applause Talent!

The team was awarded the honor of being named the Top Ovation Studio at the competition in addition to receiving 2 Judge’s Choice Awards, 3 All Star Kids Awards, and 1 Fuzion Dance Camp Scholarship Winner (Congrats Olivia Ziesmer). In addition to receiving 32 Platinum trophies and 2 High Gold trophies, we also had 8 1st place routines, 13 routines placing in the top 5, and 3 routines placing in the top 8.

A big shout out to the dancers in our Teen Large Group Hip Hop routine, Outta Your Mind for being the highest scoring hip hop routine of the weekend and receiving the Most Entertaining Routine Award out of all the pieces that performed on Sunday. This routine was also selected to be in the running for a nomination for the 2014 Industry Dance Awards for Outstanding Hip Hop Performance.

The team also received an award for donating our trophies to help fight breast cancer and the Studio Spirit Award for having the best team spirit of the weekend!

Competition #3 – VIP Dance: Friday, March 14TH, Saturday, March 15TH, & Sunday, March 16TH

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on a FANTASTIC job at their third competition, VIP Dance!

22 Platinum Trophies, 12 High Gold Trophies, 22 1st Place Category Winner Awards, 4 2nd Place in Category Awards, 2 3rd Place in Category Awards, 3 Judge’s Choice Awards, 9 Dance Division Awards, 1 Costume Award, 4 routines placing 1st Overall in their division, 6 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, 7 routines placing in the Top 10 of their division, and a Teen Idol Finalist (Congrats Payton Thomas)!

A big shout out to the dancers in our Petite Small Group Jazz routine, It’s In His Kiss, for making it into the VIP Top 10 List in the Off-Broadway Division. They received the 3rd highest score out of all 40 routines in the Off-Broadway Division. We are so proud of you!

Another big shout out to the dancers in our Production routine, The Gatsby Soirée! This routine was selected to receive the studio’s Entertainment Award, designating it as the most entertaining routine from our studio. Additionally, The Gatsby Soirée was awarded the Critics’ Choice Award for being the most entertaining piece out of all 500+ routines in the entire competition! Way to go, dancers!! We are so proud of you!

Competition #4 – Rainbow Dance: Friday, April 11TH, Saturday, April 12TH, & Sunday, April 13TH

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on an AMAZING job at their fourth competition, Rainbow Dance! We are so proud of each and every one of you!

15 Double Platinum Trophies, 19 Platinum Trophies, 10 1st Place Category Winner Awards, 4 2nd Place in Category Awards, 4 Judge’s Choice Awards, 2 Costume Awards, 9 All Star Routine Awards, 5 routines placing 1st Overall in their division, 11 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, 6 routines placing in the Top 10 of their division, and a Teen Scholarship Winner (Congrats Payton Thomas)!

A BIG shout out to the dancers in our Junior Large Group Hip Hop routine, Bringin’ It Back, for winning Most Entertaining routine and for being nominated for Rainbow National Dance Competition’s Video Of The Year. We are so proud of you girls!

We also received the Studio Excellence Award given to the team with the best sportsmanship and team spirit!

We are so proud of the team and all of their hard work! What a great finish to our regional season!

Competition #5 – Celebration Talent’s National Finals: Wednesday, July 16TH through Sunday, July 20th 

Congratulations to the Elite Competition Team on an INCREDIBLE job at the Celebration Talent National Finals in Wisconsin Dells! We are so proud of each and every one of you! What an amazing end to our 2013-2014 season!

17 Platinum Trophies, 15 High Gold Trophies, 12 1st Place Category Winner Awards, 4 Judge’s Choice Awards, 1 Costume Award, 4 Choreography Awards, 2 Performance Awards, 4 Showstopper Awards, 6 routines placing 1st Overall in their division, 17 routines placing in the Top 5 of their division, 21 routines placing in the Top 10 of their division, a Teen Scholarship Winner (Congrats Nathan Lopez), and a Junior Photogenic Winner (Congrats Paige Mitrenga)!

Our two Senior Dancer of the Year Finalists, Molly McGinn & Shailey Rodriguez, both made it into the final round for Senior Dancer of the Year Title Winners in the Celebration Talent Showdown! Congrats Shailey Rodriguez for being selected as the 2014 Dancer of the Year Runner Up!! We are so proud of both of you girls!

A BIG shout out to the dancers in our Petite Small Group Jazz, It’s In His Kiss, our Junior Large Group Jazz, Does Your Mother Know, our Junior Line Musical Theatre, Anything Goes, our Junior Jazz Trio, Do My Thing, our Teen Large Group Open, Bass Down Low, and our Teen Line Jazz, End Of Time for receiving one the top 5 scores in your age division and making it into the Celebration Talent Showdown on Sunday evening! We placed 5th with Bass Down Low, 4th with It’s In His Kiss, 2nd with Do My Thing, 2nd with Does Your Mother Know, 2nd with End of Time, and 1st with Anything Goes!!

We are so proud of the team and all of their hard work! LOVE YOU ALL! GO ELITE!

Platinum Trophy Count 2013-2014: 116 🙂

2012-2013 Season Placements & Awards

Too Many Fish: 1st Place in Category, 1st Place Overall, & Showstopper Award at Celebration Talent ; 1st Place in Category, & 2nd Place Overall at Revolution Talent; 1st Place in Category, 1st Place Overall, & Division High Point Award at VIP Dance; “Dynamic Divas” Judge’s Choice Award at Kids Artistic Revue; 1st Place in Category, 1st Place Overall, 3rd Place in 12 & Under Rising Star Showdown,  & “Personality Plus” Judge’s Choice Award at Celebration Talent National Finals

Fun, Fun, Fun: 3rd Place Overall at Celebration Talent; 1st Place in Category, 1st Place Overall, Division High Point Award, & “Explosive Energy” Judge’s Choice Award at Revolution Talent; 1st Place in Category, 1st Place Overall, & All Star Award at Kids Artistic Revue; Showstopper Award at Celebration Talent National Finals

Little Shop: 1st Place Overall & Entertainment Award at Revolution Talent; 1st Place in Category & 2nd Place Overall at Kids Artistic Revue

Fireball: 1st Place in Category, 2nd Place Overall, & “Electric Energy” Judge’s Choice Award at Revolution Talent; Hip Hop Award at VIP Dance;  1st Place Overall & “Too Hot Too Handle” Judge’s Choice Award at Kids Artistic Revue; 2nd Place Overall, 3rd Place in 12 and Under Shining Star Showdown, & Showstopper Award at Celebration Talent National Finals

Holding Out For A Hero: 1st Place in Category & 1st Place Overall at Revolution Talent; 3rd Place Overall & “Passionate Performance” Judge’s Choice Award at Kids Artistic Revue; 4th Place in 12 and Under Shining Star Showdown at Celebration Talent National Finals

Ayo: 3rd Place Overall & Showstopper Award at Celebration Talent; 1st Place Overall & Entertainment Award at Revolution Talent; 1st Place in Category at Kids Artistic Revue; 1st Place in Category, 3rd Place Overall, & “Confidence” Judge’s Choice Award at Celebration Talent National Finals

Take It All: 1st Place in Category & All Star Award at Kids Artistic Revue; 3rd Place Overall at Celebration Talent National Finals

Not Myself Tonight: 1st Place in Category at Celebration Talent; 1st Place Overall Kids Artistic Revue

Closest I Get: 2nd Place Overall at Celebration Talent; 2nd Place Overall & Choreography Award at Revolution Talent, 1st Place in Category at VIP Dance; 2nd Place Overall at Kids Artistic Revue; 2nd Place Overall, 5th Place in 13 and Over Shining Star Showdown, & Showstopper Award at Celebration Talent National Finals

Dancin’ Fool: 3rd Place Overall at Celebration Talent; 3rd Place Overall & “Broadway Bound” Judge’s Choice Award at Kids Artistic Revue

Pass At Me: “Rock” Award Judge’s Choice Award at Celebration Talent; 3rd Place Overall at Revolution Talent; 1st Place in Category & All Star Award at Kids Artistic Revue

I Got You: 2nd Place Overall at Revolution Talent; 1st Place Overall at Kids Artistic Revue; Showstopper Award at Celebration Talent National Finals

Dance Again: 1st Place Overall & Division High Point Award at Revolution Talent; Jazz Award & Entertainment Award at VIP Dance; 1st Place Overall & Top Super Line at Kids Artistic Revue; 1st Place Overall at Celebration Talent National Finals

Welcome To Wonderland: 1st Place Overall & Showstopper Award at Celebration Talent; 1st Place Overall at Revolution Talent; 3rd Place Overall at Kids Artistic Revue

Platinum Trophy Count 2012-2013: 50 🙂