20 Dance Teachers Vie For Title of National Dance Instructor of the Year

Greatmats Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award LogoMilltown, WI – Dance instructors from all across the United States have been nominated for the 3rd annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award, presented by Greatmats. The award is part of Greatmats annual National Award Series, which is designed to honor instructors who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominated by their peers and community members for their displays of service, integrity and quality, the National Dance Instructor of the Year nominee field will be narrowed to two finalists via a social media vote on Greatmats Facebook page Nov. 16-30, 2017.

Greatmats will choose the finalist it feels best represents service, integrity and quality while serving her community to win the award.

This year’s National Dance Instructor of the Year will win the choice of new dance flooring or a cash option. 2017 nominees hail from 15 different states. They include:

Alabama – Alison Woodward of Crazy About Dance in Anniston

Colorado – Patricia Hoffman of Colorado Ballet Society in Colorado Springs

Delaware – Amanda Pollard of Delaware State University and Danceworks Dance Studio of Delaware in Dover and Newcastle, respectively

Florida – Tara Foxworth of Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts in Jacksonville

Indiana – Stephanie Pairitz of Epic Dance Studios in Elkhart

Kentucky – Allie Baue of Studio Dee in Fort Wright, and Amber Bryant of AB Training Facility in Somerset

Louisiana – Elizabeth Warshauer of Articulate Motions Dance Academy in New Orleans

Maryland – Kassandra Serafini of Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis

Massachusetts – Heidi Sulminksi and Heather Gerardi of H&H Dance Academy in Millbury

Minnesota – Laura Perez of Just for Kix in Spring Valley

North Carolina – Bonita Simpson of Bonita’s School of Ballet in Monroe

Oregon – Mandy Conforth of South Lane Ballet Academy in Cottage Grove

Pennsylvania – Danielle Fritz O’Brien of 3d Dance Studio in Northampton, and Alice Mount of Adrenaline Dance of York in York

Tennessee – Ashlie Wells of Center Stage Dance Company in Winchester

Wisconsin – JoJean Retrum of Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, Meaghan Johnson of Neenah-Menasha YMCA in Neenah, Anne Marie Abderholden of Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, and Alicia Knopps of Diamond School of Dance in Eau Claire

Learn more about the 2017 National Dance Instructor of the Year Award at https://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring/greatmats-annual-national-dance-instructor-of-the-year-contest.php

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Personal Trainers. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php

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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Dollhouse Dance Factory takes high point at Wisconsin Dells Regional

May 24, 2017 — Competitors in the Midwest Starz Dance Competition circuit got to preview one of its National Competition venues April 21-13 when they competed at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells for a regional competition.

”We used the new Marley provided by Greatmats this weekend and it looked great on our stage,” said Joe Crook of Midwest Starz. ”It was 50 feet wide!”

The high point winning dance routine came from Dollhouse Dance Factory of Sheyboygan, Wisconsin.

”We had a great three stage day on Saturday,” Crook said, noting that the event ran more than 900 routines.

The first of two National Competition will take place at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center June 14-18.

Highlights from the regional competition included:

  • Ages 12 Lg Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”VMA’s” 292.044 points
  • Ages 15-16 Lg Hip Hop: Kehl School of Dance’s routine ”Dia De Los Muertos” 290.366 points
  • Ages 17-18 Lg Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”Jacksons” 290.37 points
  • Ages 15-16 Line Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”Witches” 291.886 points
  • Age 11 Lg Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”Royalty” 295.38 points
  • Age 10 Sg Open: Barb’s Centre for Dance’s routine ”Cold Hearted Snake” 292.46
  • Age 10 D/T Lyrical: Barb’s Centre for Dance’s routine ”We Can Dance” 291.56 points
  • Age 10 Solo Contemporary: Barb’s Centre for Dance’s routine ”Dissension” 292.98 points
  • Age 11 Solo Open: The Dance Academy of Cedar Rapids’ routine ”Skeletons” 293.28 points
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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Iowa Dance Competition draws more than 1000 routines

May 24, 2017 — Midwest Starz Dance Competitions ran more than 1000 routines at the Double Tree Hotel Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 7-9, and ”Runaway” from Nicole’s School of Dance took the overall high point award with a score of 297.18 in the 15-16 year old Lg Contemporary Division. Innovative Soul Dance Company earned the Starzmenship award for outstanding sportsmanship at the event equipped with Greatmats dance flooring.

Other highlights from the event included:

  • Ages 15-16 Solo Contemporary: Extension Dance Academy’s Routine ”Dead in the water”: 292.9 points
  • Ages 17-18 Solo Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Trouble Weighs a Ton”: 296.4 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”You Don’t Own Me”: 290.78 points
  • Ages 17-18 Solo Jazz: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Dangerous”: 291.8 points
  • Ages 17-8 Solo Open: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”Used To Be Mine”: 293.36 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Lyrical: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Bound to You”: 292.98 points
  • Ages 17-18 Solo Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Let it Go” 294.86 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Musical Show: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Flaunt It”: 290.44 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Open: Studio A Dance Co.’s routine ”Happiness Won’t Wait”: 296.46 points
  • Ages 9-11 D/T Lyrical: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Rise Up” 290.48 points
  • Ages 12-14 D/T Contemporary: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”Change” 294.72 points
  • Ages 12-14 D/T Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Storm” 293.78 points
  • Ages 12-14 D/T Novelty/Character: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Carl & Ellie” 291.58 points
  • Ages 17-18 D/T Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Slow and Steady” 293 points
  • Ages 15-18 D/T Jazz: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Heartburn” 292.7 points
  • Ages 15-16 D/T Lyrical: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Heal” 291.02 points
  • Ages 15-16 D/T Open: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”5 AM” 290.5 points
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Contemporary: Studio A Dance Co.’s routine ”Sun” 295.79 points
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Hip Hop: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”We Gonna Ride” 291.72
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Jazz: Extensions Dance Academy’s routine ”Fierce” 294.66
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Glitter in the Air” 295.84
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Musical Show: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”As Good as it Gets” 295.68
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Open: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Moon Shines Red” 292.9 points
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Tap: Project Dance Company’s routine ”Quiet Please” 292.1 points
  • Ages 12-14 Lg Hip Hop: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”Work It” 293.55
  • Ages 12-14 LG Jazz: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Born to be Wild” 292.98 points
  • Ages 12-14 Lg Lyrical: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”953K” 293.88 points
  • Ages 12-14 Line Hip Hop: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”RiRi” 294.48 points
  • Ages 12-14 Line Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Vogue” 292.14 points
  • Ages 12-14 Production Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Villians” 294.32 points
  • Ages 12-14 Production Hip Hop: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”One Woman Army” 293.68 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Contemporary: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Human Family” 294.06 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Hip Hop: The Dance Co’s routine ”Bossy” 292.22 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Explosions” 295.38 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Open: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Blackbird” 294.56 points
  • Ages 12-14 Lg Jazz: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”Right On” 294.12 points
  • Ages 15-16 Lg Lyrical: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Titanic” 295.32 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg. Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Clearer” 295.52 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Hip Hop: Innovative Soul Dance Company’s routine ”Work” 293.64 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Jazz: Innovative Soul Dance Company’s routine ”Toxic” 295.64 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Officer Down” 293.06 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Lyrical: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”Piece by Piece” 296.58 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Musical Show: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s Routine ”100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man” 297.08
  • Ages 15-16 Novelty/Character: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Wonderland” 290.58 points
  • Ages 15-16 Lg Open: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Gado” 294.42 points
  • Ages 15-16 Line Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Bottom of the River” 290.58 points
  • Ages 15-16 Line Open: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”The Art of War” 293.26 points
  • Ages 9-11 Sg Open: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Rule the World” 290.84 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Have You Seen Me” 295.56 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Jazz: Above the Barre Dance Academy’s routine: ”Play that Sax” 293.94 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Lyrical: Above the Barre Dance Academy’s routine ”Ave Maria” 294.5 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Open: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”Look at Me” 291.18 points

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Midwest Starz Duluth Regional Dance Competition

Experience Dance Takes High Point in Duluth

May 3, 2017 — Experience Dance highlighted the Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition at Marshal School in Duluth, Minnesota March 31-April 2, 2017, as the high point winner with its routine ”Gossip” which scored a 297.6 in the 17-18-year-old Solo Open Division. Meanwhile, Stephanie’s Dance Shoppe claimed the Starzmenship Award for outstanding sportsmanship. 

More than 470 routines were run at the three-day competition. 

”It was our first time running two stages,” said Joe Crook of Midwest Starz.

Other highlights included:

    • Ages 12-14: Solo-Contemporary: Northern Lights Dance Academy’s routine ”Courage” – 295.472 points
    • Ages 12-14: Solo-Jazz: Northern Lights Dance Academy’s routine ”Shackled” – 294.504 points
    • Ages 12-14: Solo-Lyrical: Elite Dance Productions’ routine ”A Thousand Years” – 295.3 points
    • Ages 17-18: Solo-Contemporary: Experience Dance’s routine ”Purgatory” – 296.328
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Jazz: Dance By Kris’ routine ”Deep” – 294.936 points
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Lyrical: Dance By Kris’ routine ”Lost Stars” – 296.28
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Open: Elite Dance Production’s routine ”Run Boy Run” -296.64 point
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Ages 17-18 Solo-Ballet: Experience Dance’s routine ”Monotone” – 296.808 points
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Tap: Dance by Kris’ routine ”Don’t Let Me Down” – 294.362 points
    • Ages 17-18: D/T-Lyrical: Dance By Kris’ routine ”Crystal Bed” – 296.68 points
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Ages 12-14: Production-Jazz: Duluth Dance Center’s routine ”Prince” – 295.006

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Midwest Starz St. Louis Regional Dance Competition runs 384 routines

Expressions Academy of Dance Takes High Point in St. Louis

May 3, 2017 — Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Bird” highlighted the Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition in St. Louis March 31-April 2, 2017, as the high point winner with a score of 295.08. Meanwhile, Jo’s School of Dance claimed the Starzmenship Award for outstanding sportsmanship.
More than 380 routines were run at the three-day competition.

Other highlights included:
Ages 15-16 Solo – Contemporary – Imagine Dance Project’s routine ”Lamentum” – 288.74 points
Ages 17-18 Solo – Contemporary – Dance House’s routine ”Wicked Games” – 291.68 points
Ages 15-16 Solo – Lyrical – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Tightrope” – 291.96 points
Ages 17-18 Solo – Lyrical – Studio L Dance Center’s routine ”Hallelujah” – 292.58 points
Ages 15-16 – D/T – Lyrical – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter routine ”Stand In the Light” – 290.08 points
Ages 15-16 – D/T – Contemporary – Dance House’s routine ”Let Me Go” – 290.22 points
Ages 9-11 – Sg – Jazz – Dance House’s routine ”Bo$$” – 288.28 points
Ages 12-14 – Solo – Lyrical – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”The Scientist” – 280.46 points
Ages 12-14 – Solo – Jazz – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Saga” – 284.98 points
Ages 12-14 – Solo – Contemporary – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Moksha” – 291.84 points
Ages 12-14 – D/T – Tap – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” – 293.98
Ages 9-11 – Solo – Jazz – Dance House’s routine ”Control” – 291.34 points
Ages 9-11 – Solo – Lyrical – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Gypsy” – 285.5 points
Ages 9-11 – Solo – Tap – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Rountable Rival” – 290.56 points
Ages 12-14 – Sg – Musical Show – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Black Bird” – 291.82 points
Ages 12-14 – Sg – Contemporary – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Box Car Children” – 294.96 points
Ages 12-14 – Sg – Tap – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” – 293.2 points
Ages 15-16 – Sg – Contemporary – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Piece By Piece” – 291.78 points
Ages 12-14 – Lg – Hip Hop – NiMoli Studio’s routine ”Fiddle Dee” – 293.58 points
Ages 15-16 – Sg – Lyrical – Imagine Dance Project’s routine ”(Dis)position” – 293.1 points
Ages 12-14 – Line – Musical Show – Image Dance Project’s routine ”Off Broadway” – 294.72 points
Ages 9-11 – Production – Open – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”#BOOM!” – 296.06 points
Ages 7-8 – Solo – Jazz – Studio L Dance Center’s routine ”Raining Men” – 264.96 points

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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competitions – Green Bay, Wisc.

Heart of the Valley Dance Academy Take High Point Award

April 26, 2017 – The Midwest Starz Dance Competition took its show to KI Convention center Green Bay, Wisconsin, March 24-26 for its 11th competition of 2017.

Highlighting the competition was the high point winning Solo Jazz routine ”I Want You” from Heart of the Valley Dance Academy in the 15-16 year old division. Studio Y won the Starzmanship award for outstanding sportsmanship.

Other Highlights included:
Ages 9-11 Solo – Lyrical winner Manty Dance’s routine ”Grace of God” – 271.74 points
Ages 9-11 D/T – Jazz winner Studio L’s routine ”Wings” – 272.74 points
Ages 9-11 Sg – Hip Hop winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Spice It Up” – 280.46 points
Ages 9-11 SG – Tap winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Shake Ya Body” – 281.46
Ages 12-14 Solo – Hip Hop winner Studio Y’s routing ”Trndsttr” – 271.24
Ages 12-14 Solo – Jazz winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Bird Song” – 288.06
Ages 12-14 Solo – Lyrical winner Kaleidoscope Dance Studio’s routine ”Rise Up” – 291.14
Ages 12-14 Solo – Open winner Transcendence Dance Company’s routine ”Galactic” – 290.14
Ages 12-14 Solo – Contemporary winner Transcendence Dance Company’s routine ”Day Dream” – 296.12
Ages 15-16 Solo – Hip Hop winner Studio Y’s routine ”Rock Your Body” 290.86
Ages 15-16 D/T – Tap winner Heart of the Valley Dance Academy’s routine ”Can You Feel It” – 290.68
Ages 17-18 Solo – Contemporary winner All That Dance Inc’s routine ”Heal” – 290.34

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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Inver Grove Heights, MN

D.D.’s Dance Studio is High Point Winner

April 26, 2017 — The Midwest Starz Dance Competition took its show to the Simley High School Theater in Inver Grove Heights March 24-26 for its 10th competition of 2017.

Highlighting the competition of 265 routines was the high point winning ”Magnatize” routine from D.D.’s Dance Studio which scored a 295.528 in the contemporary field for 12-14 year olds.. D.D.’s Dance studio also own the solo contemporary category with its routine ”Castle” which scored a 290.86.

Stacey’s Studio of Dance had numerous highlights. It recorded a score of 276.33 with its routine ”Opportunity” to top the Solo Lyrical field for 9-11 year olds. It also added a score of 280.702 for its Musical Show routine ”Consider Yourself” in the same age bracket. Its 9-11 year old Open routine ”Robots” produced a score of 284.294. Stacey’s Studio of Dance continued to set itself apart from the competitions in the 12-14 year old lyrical field with its ”Beside You” routine, which finished with a score of 288.522, and its 12-14-year old Musical Show routine ”The Chorus Girls” (293.094). These are just of few of its winning routines.

Janet Lang Dance Studio won the solo contemporary category for 15-16 year olds with a ”Can’t Stop the Gods” routine that scored a 292.28, and earned a score of 233.696 in Pointe for 15-16 year olds with its routine ”Unpredictable.” Janet Lang Dance Studio also tallied a 291.282 in 17-18 year old tap with a routine called ”Goody Two Shoes.”

The competition featured all kinds of dance including:

  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Tap
  • Musical Show
  • Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Acrobatic
  • Novelty/Character
  • Pointe
  • Song & Dance
  • Open
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