Dancers attend convention in NYC

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  • Submitted photo Dancers from the Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio in Sparta are shown.

— Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio attended the Jump Convention in New York City the weekend of Feb. 22.

The dancers from the studio spent two days being inspired by many different teachers as well as fellow dancers from around the country.

"This is different than going out and competing. This is about learning and growing as a dancer," said Jessica Barlow. "We are thrilled to be able to give our dancers this wonderful experience."

The dancers had the opportunity to take classes from some of the most prominent people in the dance industry, including “So You Think You Can Dance" Season 1 winner Nick Lazzarini, and Season 8 winner Melanie Moore.

The favorite for all the dancers was choreographer Mia Michaels. Michaels is best known for her choreography and judging on the hit T.V. show "So You Think You Can Dance."

At the conclusion of the workshops there was a showcase that recognized various dancers. The most coveted award of the day was the "VIP" scholarship. Dancers auditioned in small groups and several were chosen for scholarships.

Perfect Pointe's Lily Loewen was selected as a "VIP" runner up in the mini age division and received a scholarship to further help her dance training.

Throughout the weekend the dancers learned different combinations in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop. During the classes the students were being assessed in the different genres of dance.

Sarah Borino and Julia McEllen were both awarded jazz scholarships in the mini age division. In the senior age division Deanna Romano and Brianna Scordato were recognized with a tap scholarship and Gina Emering was awarded a jazz scholarship.

In March, the dancers will attend New York City Dance Alliance Convention and Competition in Philadelphia.

"This will give our students additional exposure to some of the best teachers in the industry. It is our belief that every student can take something positive away from these workshops," said Barlow.

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