Local dance crew excels in competition


Submitted photo Members of the Miami Valley Dance Center competed in the Masquerade National Dance Competition in late April.

For the Herald

FAIRBORN – The Miami Valley Dance Center’s (MVDC) Dance Force was back at the Dayton Convention Center for the Masquerade National Dance Competition April 24-26.

MVDC’s Sapphire Jazz took home a Platinum and third overall junior gold large groups for their performance of “You Really Got Me.” Sapphire Lyrical’s “With a Little Help from My Friends” scored a Platinum, the People’s Choice for Best Lyrical Routine and placed third overall in junior gold small groups. “Weird Science” by Sapphire Elite netted a Platinum and finished fifth overall in junior gold small groups.

The Sapphire Hip Hop dancers captured a High Gold for “Bounce” while Ruby Jazz’s “Real Wild Child” and “Little Shop” by Ruby Jazz also earned High Golds. “The Boys are Back in Town” from Emerald Tap secured a Platinum, a judge’s choice award, and second overall junior gold large groups. Emerald Hip Hop’s “Vanity” garnered a Platinum while Emerald Contemporary earned a High Gold for “People Help People.”

Diamond Tap’s “Paparazzi” netted a Platinum, a judge’s choice award, the Audience Choice Award for Favorite Tap Routine, and the Industry Dance Award for Tap. “Take Me to Church” by Diamond Lyrical also took home a Platinum while “Whatever Lola Wants” by Diamond Jazz and Diamond Elite’s “Woman’s World” collected High Golds at Masquerade.

After arriving at the Masquerade Dance competition, “My New Philosophy” by Kaylee Vance and Grant Shaffer was named the top scoring teen gold duo/trio and also received a judges choice award. Jack Cerminaro collected the top scoring junior gold solo, a Parade of Stars invitation, and a judge’s choice award for “Stand by Me.” Securing the top scoring junior gold duo/trio, Brady Hooten and Madelyn Stankas made the audience smile with “Dance with Me Tonight.”

Julia Stultz’s “Box of Secrets” grabbed a judge’s choice award and was the second overall junior gold solo. In the teen and senior tap solos, Grant Shaffer’s “Dancin’ Machine” was the fifth overall high scoring teen gold solo while “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” by Alexis Minton secured the sixth overall senior purple solo. Rounding out Masquerade, Thaliyah Cools-Lartigue’s hip-hop solo to “The Joker” collected a judge’s choice award.

MVDC Directo, Kelly Fuller, said, “We’ve upped our game this year in terms of difficulty and intensity and I was so proud to watch our dancers shine. They really held their own against some tough competition this season.” Fans can follow the Dance Force’s progress and at the MVDC website, www.miamivalleydancecenter.com and on Facebook.