FORT MILL — 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.”