2017-2018 competition team season

spotlight dance cup

This was our strongest start to a season yet - we received 43 Ruby trophies and 25 diamond trophies this weekend! Additionally, 16 of our routines placed 1st in their categories – congratulations to Boogie Woogie Candyman, Firework, I’m So Excited, Kiss Kiss, My Prerogative, New Attitude, Ring Ring, To The End Of The Earth, Too Much, Wind Beneath My Wings, Anna Christopherson, Shayne Gandy, Joryn Kalvin, Emily Kuchta, Maddy O’Rourke, & Tori Trevino!

24 of our routines placed within the top 10 overall of their division, and 22 routines placed within the top 5 overall of their division! A special shout out goes to Boogie Woogie Candyman, Get Ready, It’s My Party, Kiss Kiss, Lean Back, Mr. Sandman, & Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch for placing 1st overall in their division – awesome job, dancers!!

To round out the weekend, we also received 4 Judges’ Choice Awards (congrats to I’m So Excited, It’s My Party, Avery DePaul, & Hannah Dufek!), as well as a Costume Award for Boogie Woogie Candyman and A Showmanship Award to Sophia Lopez. Way to go, girls!

applause talent

We received an impressive 41 Double Platinum trophies and 26 Platinum trophies, with almost half of our routines placing within the top 25 of their division (33 routines to be exact!). 26 of our routines placed within the top 10 of their division, and 22 routines placed within the top 5 of their division.

A special congratulation goes to Grown, I Think We’re Alone Now, Kill The Lights, Lean Back, Mr. Sandman, New Attitude, and Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch for placing 1st overall in their division – great job, girls!!

A New Day Has Come, Firework, and Get Ready received All Star Kids Awards, and Footprints In The Sand was awarded with a Judges’ Choice Award. Dancers Avery DePaul, Hannah Dufek, Shayne Gandy, Peyton McDuffee, and Tori Trevino were Fuzion Dance Camp Scholarship Winners this weekend. Way to go, dancers!

At the end of the weekend, our Production routine Whitney was announced as the Most Entertaining Act of the day out of over 200 routines – what an honor!! We were also thrilled to receive two of seven nominations for this year’s Industry Dance Awards for Sparkling Diamonds (Best Musical Theatre/Character/Novelty Routine) and My Prerogative (Best Jazz Routine). These were chosen by the judges the best representation of their respective styles from all Encore level routines ages 13 & over. We couldn’t be more proud!

Lastly, we were honored to receive recognition from Applause for donating the monetary value of our team trophies to charities supporting cancer research. We are always so glad to have an opportunity to participate in this program, and to help make a difference. What an awesome reminder of the power of dance!

Congratulations on an incredible weekend, dancers! We love you all!

kids artistic revue

Congratulations to our Elite Competition Team on an AMAZING weekend at Kids Artistic Revue in Joliet! We are so incredibly proud of each and every one of our dancers. Way to go, girls!!

We earned 29 Top First trophies and 39 Elite Top First trophies this weekend, with 18 of our routines placing 1st in their category (great job Angelina Biedak, Deep End, Firework, I Think We’re Alone Now, Live In Living Color, Megan Watwood, Missy Elliot, Momentum, Morgan Watwood, My Prerogative, New Attitude, Sexy Silk, Stand By Me, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, Too Much, Tori Trevino, Toxic, & Welcome To Our Hood!).


Over half (47!) of our routines placed within the top 11 of their division, with 34 routines placing within the top 5 of their division. Congratulations to our 1st overall winners A New Day Has Come, Get Ready, Grown, I Think We’re Alone Now, Instruction, It’s My Party, Kill The Lights, Kiss Kiss, Megan Watwood, Momentum, Mr. Sandman, Stand By Me, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, & Whitney! Awesome job!!


The KAR judges recognized our dancers for their amazing performances throughout the weekend. Firework received a Judges’ Choice award, Grown, Instruction, & Kill The Lights won All Star awards, and both It’s My Party and My Prerogative were named as the Most Entertaining routines of their divisions. Kendrick and My Prerogative were the weekend’s nominees to the Industry Dance Awards for being the best representation of Hip Hop and Jazz routines from the weekend, and My Prerogative was awarded as the Elite Level Video Of The Week. Darby Anson won a Hollywood Dance invitation, Angelina Biedak was a KAR Convention Scholarship recipient, and Jillian Marx won the Junior Photogenic contest. Wow! Congratulations, everyone!!
 

At the end of the weekend, we were honored to receive recognition from KAR for donating the monetary value of our team trophies to Dancers Against Cancer, a charity that supports dance families across the country battling cancer. We are so grateful to have had an opportunity to participate in this program, and contribute to such an amazing cause!! 
We are so so proud of all of our dancers! We love you, girls – fantastic job!! 

Our girls earned 41 High Gold trophies and 27 Platinum trophies this weekend, and an amazing 25 of our routines placed 1st in their category – congratulations to Anna Christopherson, Avery DePaul, Boogie Woogie Candyman, Brianna Santos, Firework, Get Ready, Good Is The New Bad, I’m So Excited, It’s My Party, Kendrick, Kill The Lights, Live In Living Color, Missy Elliot, Morgan Watwood, Mr. Sandman, New Attitude, Peyton McDuffee, Sexy Silk, Sophia Lopez, Sparkling Diamonds, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, To The End Of The Earth, Too Much, Welcome To Our Hood, & Whitney!


11 of our routines placed within the top 10 of their division, and 5 routines placed within the top 5 of their division. (Shout out to Avery DePaul, Boogie Woogie Candyman, Firework, Footprints In The Sand, Instruction, Kill The Lights, Lean Back, Live In Living Color, Maddy O’Rourke, Morgan Watwood, & New Attitude!)


We received 12 Judge’s Choice awards for Angelina Biedak, Avery DePaul, Catch & Release, Don’t You Worry Child, It’s My Party, Joryn Kalvin, Kendrick, Kill The Lights, New Attitude, Show Me Your Moves, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, & Whitney, as well as 6 All Star awards going to Brooke Bischoff, Emily Kuchta, Joryn Kalvin, Maddy O’Rourke, Megan Watwood, & Morgan Watwood, and a costume award for Blaire McDuffee’s solo costume. Way to go, everyone!


Avery Depaul and Get Ready each received recognition for having the highest Musical Theatre scores, and New Attitude received an award for having the highest Jazz score of their sessions. Finally, Footprints In The Sand received one of the weekend’s coveted MVP Awards. We are so thrilled to receive these distinctions – awesome job, dancers!

hall of fame

rainbow national dance competition

We earned 7 High Gold trophies, 35 Platinum trophies, and 26 Double Platinum trophies this weekend, and 15 of our routines placed 1st in their category – congratulations to Carly Macaluso, Firework, Footprints In The Sand, I Think We’re Alone Now, I’m So Excited, Kendrick, Kill The Lights, Lexi Herman, Maddy O’Rourke, Morgan Fahey, Natalie Soriano, New Attitude, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, Too Much, & Wind Beneath My Wings!


30 of our routines placed within the top 15 of their division, and 20 routines placed within the top 5 of their division. A special congratulation goes to A New Day Has Come, Lean Back, New Attitude, and Whitney for placing 1st overall! Way to go!!
Accessory, Boogie Woogie Candyman, Mr. Sandman, and Within Reach all received Judge’s Choice awards, and Anna Christopherson, Firework, Get Ready, Good Is The New Bad, I’m So Excited, Joryn Kalvin, Kill The Lights, Kiss Kiss, Lexi Herman, My Prerogative, Sexy Silk, Shayne Gandy, Tori Trevino, Welcome To My Party & Within Reach all received All Star Awards! Additionally, Show Me Your Moves was recognized as having the Best Costume of their session. Great job, girls!!


At the end of the weekend, Kendrick received Rainbow’s nomination to the Industry Dance Awards for the best Hip Hop routine of the competition – we are so proud of you, girls! 

applause talent nationals

We set an Elite Nationals record by receiving 44 Double Platinum trophies and 22 Platinum trophies! Over half of our routines - 49 to be exact! - placed within the top 15 of their division, with our dancers making it up to the podium an impressive 20 times for placing within the top 3 overall! Congratulations to Boogie Woogie Candyman, I Think We’re Alone Now, Instruction, Mr. Sandman, Sparkling Diamonds, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, & Welcome To Our Hood for placing 1st overall in their division - great job, girls!!

We received 3 Judges' Choice Awards over the course of the week (congrats to Show Me Your Moves, Whitney, & Charlotte Semyck!), along with having an Intensity Dance Convention Scholarship recipient (way to go, Natalia Anderson!) We were also honored to receive the Best Choreography Award for our Production routine Whitney. Wow!! 

To finish off the week, we had 12 of our routines qualify to compete again in the Best Of The Best showdown, featuring the competition’s highest scoring routines. This was a record for us! We absolutely loved watching Boogie Woogie Candyman, Grown, Instruction, I Think We’re Alone Now, Lean Back, Momentum, Mr. Sandman, Sparkling Diamonds, Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, Welcome To Our Hood, Whitney, & Within Reach light up the stage again. Amazing job, girls!

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