Fort Mill dancers win titles at Dance Masters of America

Special to the Fort Mill TimesDecember 20, 2013 

  • Get dancing

    Center Stage Dance Academy will hold an open house at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11:

    9:30-10:15 a.m. preschoolers

    10:15-11:15 a.m. kindergarden to second grade Hip-Hop/Acro

    11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. third to fifth grade Hip-Hop/Acro

    For more information on the Center Stage Dance Academy, go to centerstagedanceacademy.biz or look for them on Facebook.

    For more information on Dance Masters of America, go to dma-national.org.

— Students from Center Stage Dance Academy attended the Dance Masters of America Southern Council Fall Convention in Greenville in November and crowned three title holders.

Dance Masters of America is an international organization of certified dance educators that focuses on the education of dance.

After becoming a member of Dance Masters by passing the examination and fulfilling the requirements, Center Stage owner Maegan Kitrell began taking dancers to the Dance Masters of America Conventions last year. Gianna Morette, 9, took home the title of 2012-2013 Petite Miss Dance S.C. at the Fall Convention and placed second runner up in the National Convention.

Kitrell said for Center Stage to take home a crown as a first time Dance Masters member is a huge accomplishment.

“We’re excited our kids are working that hard and winning titles,” she said.

This year, Gianna passed her crown to Caroline Bergvist, Teen Miss Dance S.C., Daniel Blackwood, Junior Mr. Dance S.C. and Natalie Grace Decker, Junior Miss Dance S.C.

The winners will attend the Dance Masters of America’s National Convention in Kissimmee, Fla., July 6-12, where they will compete with dancers from throughout the United States and Canada. The convention provides a chance for the dancers to work with professional choreographers from around the country. They will also be judged on an interview portion as well their dance.

“It’s the best of the best,” Kitrell said. “It’s a great honor.”

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