by Dave Warner
Just Dance Studio at Canal Place had dancers competing in regional competitions this season, and they won a gold ticket to the Imagine Dance Challenge in Utica at the Stanley Theater.
Owner and Founder Alicia Dodge said, “Only two groups from each tier receive this award, and this is the top performing routine from each tier. They have won bids for the World Dance Championships. That’s what it means when you earn that golden ticket.
Championship attendees are busy raising money to attend the event in New Jersey. “The event lasts a whole week, so we try to raise funds. We’re having a chicken BBQ during the Art Walk on Thursday. The K Dogs BBQ is coming and he’s going to set it up for $15 a ticket. A portion of the proceeds will go to our competition team,” she said.
Dodge said another dancer will be competing, Rebecca Hauser, who is a soloist. “She won a Discovery Spotlight scholarship, so she’s going to South Carolina to compete. It’s a big thing for her.
The prize was $1,000, but the trip will cost more, so she is also fundraising. Only two dancers out of the entire completion earn this chance. “She will be taking professional dancer classes and also modeling and acting that week,” Dodge said. “Then she can compete in her solo. It’s a great honor for her to win this. »
The studio is having an open house on the 16th during the Art Walk and they’re going to have their instructors there, and have raffles and giveaways. “You will also be able to enroll in summer and fall classes,” she said.
Summer Camps, a new acrobatics club. Dodge says they are the only studio in the area that does acrobatics in addition to dancing. “Our acrobatics club is already taking off. One of the classes is already full. We offer summer and fall courses.
She says students will learn balance beam and tumbling techniques.