The stars of the dance world were out in full force this past July when the L.A. Dance Center of the Arts (LADC) Competition Dance Team participated in the National On Stage America Dance Competition held at the Cape May Court House, NJ. The team entered solos, duets, trios, small and large groups, and production routines from the petite age division all the way to the senior age category. The company members collected many prestigious awards on both an individual and group level. The following are a few of the highlights of their week at nationals.
The teams’ production number, titled “Olympus,” included 55 of the company’s members and was choreographed by Pamela Jacobs and Jeff Cilento. This dance received Diamond adjudicated score, a special judge’s choice award titled “The Gods Were Among Us,” and placed first overall in the junior production category. The awards for this routine, however, did not end there. Olympus received the coveted “Junior Diamond,” which was the highest scoring routine of the entire junior division that included more than 300 routines. Ms. Pamela and Mr. Jeff were called to the stage to accept their special plaque for their outstanding work.
The Rhinestone Company, choreographed by Pamela Jacobs, won Diamond First Overall in their category, as well as the Choreography Award for the entire junior division.
LADC also won first overall for their Junior Advanced Line Lyrical dance, “Faded Memories.” This dance was choreographed as a tribute to those suffering from Alzheimer disease.
LADC graduating senior Dakota Pizzi (Manalapan) and rising senior Natasha Wolkwitz (Holmdel) received Diamonds and placed Top 10 in the Advanced Senior Solo category.
Junior LADC dancer Claire Whitmore (Lincroft) competed for title and placed fourth overall for her solo, “Vogue.”
LADC’s youngest company members, the Precious Diamonds, competed in their first nationals this July. They received Platinum awards for their jazz and tap routines and first and second overall, respectively. L.A. Dance was so excited when their Lil’ Diamonds Company received High Platinum for their jazz dance, “Toxic Potion,” and their tap dance, “Lil’ Housewives of New Jersey.”
LADC’s Senior Company, the Yellow Diamonds, received Diamonds for their jazz and lyrical dances and placed first and fourth overall, respectively.
The LADC studio also won high honors such as the Excellence in Lyrical award. Studio director Debra Nicolosi received the Teacher of the Year Award.
Everyone was honored to share the stage with such amazing talent that whole week and proud of the achievements of L.A. Dance students. Currently, they are open for fall registration and are auditioning new members for their elite company. Please call to inquire how you can become a member of their dance family. Whether it is just for fun or on a competitive level, they do it all! The phone number to call is (732) 219-7778. L.A. Dance Center of the Arts is located at 728 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Visit their website at www.ladancenynj.com.