Dance Fusion completes successful competition season

Dance Fusion’s spring recital will be May 23-24 at the TAHS high school auditorium

Small Group Character Jazz- Call Me Maybe Row 1 (left to right): Mary Beth Raabe, Justice Myers. Faythe Lewis. Row 2: Sarah Isenburg, Haley Wagner. Row 3: Davina Lee, Molly Harris, Cheyenne Weaver.

The Dance Fusion Competition Team recently ended their 2014-2015 season, which was its most award-winning season to date. The team ended in Lancaster on April 24-26 with its best competition to date, receiving 17 platinum awards and 10 high gold awards.

The team traveled to three competitions this year: Ticket to Broadway in Pittsburgh, Thunderstruck Dance Productions in Baltimore, and Nexstar National Talent Competition in Lancaster.

am so proud of all of the dancers who worked extra hard this year. They put in countless hours at the studio and for the first time ever, the entire team walked away with a platinum medal for their team production”

— Dance Fusion Instructor Tessa Rossi

“I am so proud of all of the dancers who worked extra hard this year. They put in countless hours at the studio and for the first time ever, the entire team walked away with a platinum medal for their team production, Shine Bright Like a Diamond. The 2015 team is a special group of dancers and I am grateful to have been a part of their success,” said instructor Tessa Rossi.

For some of the dancers this was their last season. This includes seniors Davina Lee, Gabby Whetstine, and Lyndsay Greene.

“It was a great season. One of our best, actually,” said senior Davina Lee, “Our team walked out with 17 platinums. That has never happened in Dance Fusion’s years of competing. That is something to be proud of. My senior year has been the most successful yet and I am thankful I got to spend it with these amazing girls.”

“I love this season, especially getting so many platinum and receiving the judge’s choice hip hop award. I’ll miss all of the girls so much,” said senior Gabby Whetstine.

Senior Lyndsay Greene said, “It was a very exciting dance season. Everyone did so great and I’m going to miss the thrill of competing and watching all of the amazing performers at the competitions.”

The team competed with 27 dances this season of sizes of solos, duets, trios, small groups, large groups, super groups, and productions.

The dances are judged by three experienced judges and given an award from platinum (highest medal) to high gold, gold, high silver, high bronze, bronze, and honorable mention.

The Dance Fusion Spring recital will occur on May 23-24 at the TAHS high school auditorium.

The following are the results from the Lancaster Nexstar Competition:

GROUP AWARDS

Shine Bright Like a Diamond (Team Production)- Platinum medal

Switch (Senior Jazz)- Platinum medal

Call Me Maybe (Character Jazz)- Platinum medal

We Speak French (Junior Jazz)- Platinum medal

Surf Crazy (Small Fry Jazz)- Platinum medal

Bounce (Senior Hip Hop)- Platinum medal

Lil’ Miss Swagger (Small Fryz Jazz)- Platinum medal

Where Feet May Fail (Lyrical Supergroup)- High Gold medal

The Rose (Senior Lyrical)- Platinum medal

Bless Our Home (Teen Lyrical)- Platinum medal

9 to 5 (Large Group Modern)- Platinum medal

All You Need is a Wall (Small Group Modern)- Platinum medal

SOLO, DUET, AND TRIO AWARDS:

Crazy For You (Davina Lee)- Platinum medal

Bo$$ (Gabby Whetstine)- High Gold medal

Stars (Lyndsay Greene)- Platinum medal

L.O.V.E. (Faythe Lewis)- High Gold medal

Moonstruck (Justice Myers)- High Gold medal

With Arms Outstretched (Molly Harris)- High Gold medal

The National Pastime (Haley Wagner)- Platinum medal

Ting Ting (Mary Beth Raabe)- High Gold medal

Horns Blow (Hilari Parsons)- High Gold medal

Turn Around (Cheyenne Weaver)- High Gold medal

More Like a Nightmare (Teen Modern Duet)- Platinum medal

This Instant (Junior Hip Hop Duet)- High Gold medal

Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous (Junior Jazz Duet)- High Gold Medal

Walk Like an Egyptian (Teen Jazz Trio)- Platinum medal

We Love 1D (Junior Jazz Trio)- Platinum medal