A great weekend at NYCDA in Lansing, Michigan!
In the competition, Ellie Oken performed a classical variation from Fairy Doll, for which she received a Platinum score.Avani Agrawal competed earlier this year at the NYCDA Pittsburgh regional, where she won the Outstanding Dancer Award with a contemporary solo created for her by Choreographer-in-Residence Robert J. Priore. In Lansing, she performed a new hip hop solo titled “Miss Independent”. Avani received a Platinum score and placed in the top 20 Junior solos!
Ela Sevillia performed a classical variation from “Grand Pas Classique”, staged and coached by Ballet Master Stanislav Issaev, which earned her a Platinum award and the highest score for a Junior soloist. She also received a Faculty Rising Star Award from NYCDA faculty member Kenny Easter.Simon Tischler performed his contemporary solo “Cobalt”, choreographed by School & Conservatory Founding Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler, and received a Platinum score. He was also specially recognized by NYCDA faculty member Jared Grimes with a Faculty Rising Star Award.
At every regional convention, NYCDA hosts an audition for their Outstanding Dancer Awards, in which students learn both a ballet and a jazz combination and perform for multiple judges. Students presented with the Outstanding Dancer Award receive special scholarships to New York-based dance studios like Peridance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center, as well as year-long NYCDA regional scholarships for the following season and invitations to the 2021 NYCDA Finals. Ela Sevillia was selected as a Junior winner in Lansing, and Simon Tishler was selected as a Teen runner up! Both of these dancers are heading to finals later this summer.Congratulations to all on a fantastic weekend and thank you as always to NYCDA!