For the Fairborn Herald
COLUMBUS – The Miami Valley Dance Center’s (MVDC) Dance Force completed its final regional competition this season May 8-10 in Columbus. Ranging in ages from 7 to 19-years-old, the Dance Force’s Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, and Diamonds competed in 13 team jazz, lyrical, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop numbers and entered 23 solos and duets competition.
“Real Wild Child” by Ruby Jazz won the jazz category with a High Gold and grabbed the top score in rising star petite small groups while Ruby Tap’s “Little Shop” received a High Gold. The Sapphires performed four numbers at Celebration including their lyrical, “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which garnered a High Gold, a judge’s choice award and the seventh overall spot in shining star junior small groups. In addition, Sapphire Jazz’s “You Really Got Me” scored a Platinum and a Showstopper Award. “Weird Science” by Sapphire Elite and Sapphire Hip Hop’s “Bounce” both received High Golds.
Emerald Contemporary’s “People Help People” netted a Platinum, the contemporary category award and placed second overall in teen shining star small groups. “The Boys are Back in Town” by Emerald Tap received Platinum, a choreography award, and placed fourth overall in junior shining star large groups. Emerald Hip Hop continued their successful run with yet another Platinum and was the fourth overall teen shining star small groups for “Vanity.” Diamond Lyrical’s “Take Me to Church” earned a Platinum, a choreography award, the lyrical category award, and was named the third overall high scoring shining star teen small group. Diamond Jazz’s “Whatever Lola Wants” scored a High Gold and a judge’s choice award, while Diamond Tap’s “Paparazzi” and “Woman’s World” by Diamond Elite both took home High Golds.
Facing off against high caliber competition, MVDC’s solos and duets captured several awards and special recognitions. Alexis Minton’s tap solo to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” was the top scoring senior solo and received the Shining Star Superstar Award. Another Dance Force tapper, Lexie Hooten, placed fifth overall in teen solos with “Long Road” while Christina Ross placed sixth overall in senior solos and was named a Dancer of the Year Finalist for “Through the Eyes.” Jack Cerminaro’s tap number to “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” placed sixth overall in junior solos while Alicia Sylvester took home the ninth overall teen solo for “Valerie.” Bailey Fahl and Carissa Vance’s “Tonight” and Madelyn Stankas and Brady Hooten’s “Dance with Me Tonight” duet were both recognized with judge’s awards. The sister duo of Bailey and Morgan Fahl secured a competition showstopper award for their “Bosom Buddies.”
With only the National Finals in Cincinnati remaining, MVDC Director Kelly Fuller said, “It didn’t matter what the season threw at us this year. We persevered through injuries, crazy schedules, last minute changes and still were a Force to be reckoned with. I am so proud of our dancers and teachers.”