Our Advanced Ballet Company finished its season by attending and performing in the American Ballet Competition in Ogden and they could not have asked for a better finale! Our dancers represented CAA in the classical variations and contemporary solo categories in all age groups and were absolutely stunning! In addition to garnering several individual honors and scholarships, our group piece "Dreamscape" set by Francisco Gella received 1st piece in the ensemble competition! We are so grateful to Alissa Baird and our Ballet Company Directors Jennifer Wheelwright and Silver Barkes Martin for the countless hours they dedicated to preparing our dancers for this prestigious international competition! Congratulations, dancers! What an unforgettable weekend!
We truly have had the best week ever watching our dancers rehearse for and perform in "Collective Soul", our annual Contemporary Concert. Our incredible faculty created the most fun, beautiful and inspirational pieces to highlight the hard work their dancers have put in at the studio all year! Congratulations to all of our dancers for putting their hearts into each gorgeous dance! Thank you to our faculty for putting their souls into every step. And thank you to Viewmont High School and their wonderful stage crew for taking such great care of us once again! We couldn't have asked for a more uplifting week with more inspiring people!
We are so excited to announce that two of our students - Emma Schipaanboord (Mini Tour Company) and Danielle Dreis (Senior Advanced Ballet Company) - were state winners in Utah's PTA Reflections contest for choreography! We are always amazed by the remarkable things our dancers are achieving outside of the studio. Congratulations, Danielle and Emma! Your pieces were absolutely beautiful!
We are thrilled to announce that Danielle Dreis was a regional winner and state finalist for Sterling Scholar in Dance! In addition to this incredible honor, Danielle has received a Ballet Scholarship to the University of Utah's Department of Dance and has been accepted into the Joffrey Ballet trainee program in New York! Congratulations, Danielle! We are so proud of your accomplishments and cannot wait to see where you dance career takes you!
Our Performing Companies performed at the Utah Dance Championships in Ogden and did an amazing job representing CAA! All of their dances placed in the top two of their categories, Juniors received an Overall Judges Choice Award for their jazz piece "Mink Schmink" and they earned a Specialty Award for Technique and Formation as a studio! Congratulations Performing Company!!!
Congratulations to our Touring, Advanced Ballet, and Premiere Companies who had an absolutely stunning weekend of performances! Premiere Company competed at Releve in Saratoga Springs while our Touring and Advanced Ballet Companies represented CAA at NUVO Dance Convention in Salt Lake City. Premiere Company was awarded several High Point Awards and a special Showmanship Award for Junior Premiere's jazz piece "Hold My Hand." Our Touring and Ballet Company dancers once again earned individual recognition through many class and convention scholarships as well as wonderful solo placements in all categories. Here are some of the group placements from NUVO:
Best NU Group (Minis): Show Me Love
Best NU Group (Juniors): Fail for You
Best NU Group (Teens) & 1st Overall Teen Line: Here and After
Best NU Group (Seniors) & 1st Overall Senior Line: Supporting Collapse
1st Overall Mini/Junior Musical Theater: Birds on a Wire
1st Overall Teen Extended Line: Speech of Foxes
1st Overall Teen/Senior Musical Theater: Spring Fling
1st Overall Teen/Senior Ballet & 1st Overall Teen Production: Dreamscape
Congratulations dancers! What an incredible way to cap an amazing season!
Our Touring Company had a truly amazing weekend at JUMP Dance Convention in Provo! Our dancers did an incredible job in their classes with many of them earning class scholarships and VIP scholarships. Our soloists all performed beautifully and earned several top 10 finishes across all age categories. Thank you to all of wonderful parents and our remarkable touring team - Eldon Johnson, Sarah Aezer, Matt Dorame Warner, Carly Brooks, Jennifer Wheelwright, and Chaz Bodily - for supporting these dancers! Here are a few of the top group awards our dancers earned at this convention:
Best of Jump (Mini): Show Me Love
Best of Jump (Junior): Monster
Best of Jump (Teen): Here and After
Best of Jump (Senior): Spring Fling
1st Overall Junior Musical Theater: Bird on a Wire
2nd Overall Junior Extended Line: Express Yourself
1st Overall Teen Ballet: Four Small Swans
2nd Overall Teen Extended Line: Speech of Foxes
Our wonderful Seniors continue to amaze us! Touring Company member Abby Winslow has been accepted into BYU's Dance Department! Congratulations, Abby!
We are so excited to watch you as you continue your dance education in this prestigious program!
We are so proud to announce that two of our wonderful seniors - Lauren Ross (Woods Cross High School) and Danielle Dreis (Ogden High School) - have been named Sterling Scholar in Dance for their high schools! Lauren is a member of our Touring Company and Danielle is a part of our Advanced Ballet Company. Sterling Scholars in Dance not only excel in the studio, they also have to excel as students in the classroom and be active in serving their community. We are so proud of Lauren and Danielle for achieving this great honor and for the incredible example they are to all of our dancers at CAA! Congratulations!!!!
Our Performing and Premiere Companies were in action the same weekend this month, putting in incredible performances in two different competitions. Performing Company took home top awards in their divisions at Gotta Move! Our Premiere Companies took several overall awards at Releve in St. George and won the Overall Studio award for earning the highest points of any studio in the competition! Our dancers always represent the studio and themselves so beautifully throughout the state and we couldn't be prouder of all of them! Congratulations to our Premiere and Performing Company dancers and their amazing directors! We are so excited to have so many programs that are doing so many amazing things!