Local dancers perform well in Orlando

Rockford School of Dance’s Primary team performs a number entitled “Family Tree.”

It is with great pride that the Rockford School of Dance (RSOD) competitive dance teams report an excellent showing at the Danceamerica National Competition in Orlando, Fla. in July.

A total of 613 different dance routines were selected and performed throughout the four days of competitions. These performances were selected from the fall/winter regional competitions from across the country. Each of these 613 dance routines were performed before a panel of judges, in direct competition with each other, vying for first-, second- and third-place awards, along with other “special” awards.

The prestigious Richard Disarno Director’s Award was presented to Laurie Host, owner of RSOD, for the outstanding performance of the Mega Production number, “The Jet Set.” Best Precision was awarded to the Primary Team for their tap number entitled “Family Tree.”

In addition to these awards, a highly celebrated and special honor was the ability for dancers to be selected to perform on the Beauty and the Beast stage at Hollywood Studios. Including both group and solo performances, this honor was given to only 32 different dances throughout the four nights, roughly eight to nine dances per night from the 613 performances.

“What a huge honor to know that every single member of the RSOD competitive team was selected to perform—all 60 performers!” commented Host.

The Primary team performed their specially awarded Best Precision tap dance, “Family Tree,” while the rest of the competition teams (a combination of the junior, intermediate and seniors groups) performed their awe-inspiring Opening Number for Recital entitled “The Jet Set.”

“Just wondering: do you think someday we’ll see some of our RSOD performers on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’?” asked Host. “With these odds at nationals, we just may!”

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