Rhythm Dance Center (RDC), located in Belmont Michigan, recently competed in the Showstopper Dance Competition in Battle Creek, MI and came away with several awards and trophies for group as well as solo performances.
Studio owner and artistic director, Jen Hanes, reports that in terms of adjudication as well as placement, her dancers performed above expectation in this event – the studio’s first competition of the season.
“This was a solid first outing for our competitors,” Hanes said. “Fortunately, our competitive program has continued to expand and we have more dancers on our teams this year than we have in the past. And we have a range of talent that is impressive – from first year team members to our most seasoned veteran dancers, these young women really performed and put so much heart into it!”
RDC’s competitive teams and solo dancers came home with six Double Platinum awards and four of those numbers placed in the top 10 over-all for their respective categories. In addition, the studio earned 12 Platinum awards with five of those numbers placing in their category’s top 10.
“The results are very encouraging and we are pleased with the level of achievement we attained,” Hanes added. “With any sport, you learn from every competition – every turn on the stage. So we’ve come back from this initial competition with some things to work on for our next event which is the Legacy Competition April 19 – 21st at the Centerstage Theatre in Coopersville. Our dancers, as well as our instructors, know how important it is to make every experience count and we’ll maintain our focus on dance technique. It’s the very foundation a dancer needs to excel now and into the future with this art.”
Hanes knows of which she speaks, having spent the last 27 years of her life pursuing dance. She has a BA Degree in Dance from Western Michigan University and performed professionally with various dance companies in Chicago for more than seven years. She has been instructing for 17 years.
RDC is committed to excellence in offering contemporary dance styles and the principal mission is to create a fun, healthy, educational and creative environment for dancers of all ages and skills. Contact: Doreen Rademacher 616-427-7645