Legacy competition brings former Rhythm Dance Center star home

Rachel Siegel (back row, left) poses with a group of RDC Competitive dancers at the Legacy National Dance Competition, held in Coopersville April 19-21st.

Rachel Siegel (back row, left) poses with a group of RDC Competitive dancers at the Legacy National Dance Competition, held in Coopersville April 19-21st.

Rhythm Dance Center (RDC), located in Belmont Michigan, recently competed in the Legacy National Dance Competition in Coopersville and celebrated the homecoming of one of its own, Rachel Siegel.

Studio owner and artistic director, Jen Hanes, was glad to see her former student (who also happens to be a cousin) and knew her competitive dancers would enjoy it as well.

“It’s not every day that our students get a chance to see what life after school-age dance classes can be like,” Hanes said. “It was really amazing to see Rachel in full professional mode, pursuing dance as a career and working with one of the best national dance tours in the country.”

The competitive dancers delivered inspired performances throughout the weekend taking home 12 Platinum, 16 Elite Gold, and six Gold awards. Ten of the competition entries placed in the top ten of their respective categories as well.

“The competitive spirit was palpable in the dressing rooms and it carried out onto the stage,” Hanes said. “I was so impressed with the teamwork the girls displayed and their ability to maintain an incredible level of energy throughout a very long weekend.”

The judges certainly noticed and awarded some special recognition: The Junior Hip Hop squad won a Teamwork Award; the Junior Jazz and Contemporary groups earned Intensity Awards, soloist Alexis Gerard received the Future Fierce Award; Jasmine Gerard won a Judges’ Award for her Commitment to Character and the duo of Maggie and Mary Camp took home the Judges Award for Energy.

While there is still one competition remaining in this year’s season, preparation is underway for the upcoming recital scheduled for June 1st. The venue has changed this year due to RDC’s growth. The recital has been moved to the Devos Center for Arts & Worship on the campus of Grand Rapids Christian High School. There will be performances at 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm. Tickets will go on sale to the public after May 20th at the studio.

The competitive dance program is a big source of the studio’s growth. Auditions for positions on the competitive dance team are once again open to the public and will be held on May 18th. Interested dancers can register by calling the studio at 616-365-9970.

To accommodate the increasing number of dancers attending RDC, Hanes has decided to expand her studio space.

“The timing is right and thankfully we have the opportunity to expand into the adjacent space,” Hanes added. “While building on can be a bit hectic (the first expansion was completed in September of 2009), it’s also exciting for our faculty, students and parents as well.”

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.

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