Dance Visions has productive summer
After a five-week break, members of the Dance Visions Dance Team have started to rehearse for their 2005-06 season. The team competed in two national competitions this summer and did very well. Some of the team members traveled to Las Vegas in early July with instructor and coach Joan Elias to compete in the Spotlight Dance Cup West Coast National Competition. Diamond Awards were received by Kendal Ferris, Lexi Brooks, Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo, the duos of Ferris and Austin Brooks, Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo and Suzie Elias and Derek Werle and the mini-team. Ruby Awards were received by Casey Huber, Lauren George, Carleigh, Ali and Jillian Dauscher, Lauren George and Corrine Novotny, Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo and Ali Dauscher and Kevin Novotny for their duos. Category winners were Suzie Elias, Lexi Brooks, Carleigh Dauscher, Riana Cerceo and Dino Elias for their duo and the mini-team. Judges Choice Awards went to Kendal Ferris, Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo, Riana Cerceo, the mini-team and Suzie Elias and Derek Werle. Dance Visions achieved higher placements in this competition than ever before. The placements in their respective divisions were Riana Cerceo, eighth; Suzie Elias, seventh; Lexi Brooks, sixth; and Kendal Ferris, Ferris and Austin Brooks and Derek Werle and Suzie Elias, fifth. Representing Dance Visions on the Elite Performance Team were Lauren George, Kendal Ferris, Casey Huber, Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo. The girls rehearsed all week to open the final day “Extravaganza.” Kendal Ferris was first runner-up for Miss Petite Spotlight; Suzie Elias third runner-up for Miss Junior Spotlight; and Riana Cerceo third runner-up for Miss Teen Spotlight. Cerceo received fourth place Overall Sapphire in the 12 and under Dance Down Competition. Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo were on scholarship for the Spotlight Dance Convention. Dance Visions was chosen as overall winner of the studio workshop, from which all the dance team will benefit. A Spotlight instructor will be coming to Tahoe to teach a full day workshop to the dance team members. Dance Visions Dance Team competed in the Starbound National Dance Competition July 25-28 at the Horizon and Caesars in Tahoe. In the Junior Soloists category (ages 12 and under) High Golds were awarded to Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo, giving her fifth Overall High Score Top Junior Soloist placement. Gold Awards were received by Nicki Simon, Whitney Gardner, Casey Huber, Jillian Dauscher, Kendal Ferris, Lexi Brooks, Meredith Grasso, Alexis Arens, Casey Simon and Lauren George. George also tied for High Score for ages 7 and 8 and Jillian Dauscher won the Judges Choice Fun & Funky award. In the Junior Duo/Trio category Suzie Elias and Derek Werle won a High Gold award as well as the Judges Choice “Excellent Stage Presence Award,” first Overall High Score and first-place Junior National Duo/Trio title winners for which they received a $100 gift certificate. Lauren George and Corinne Novotny received a High Gold and the Judges Choice “Terrific Technique Foundation Award,” fifth-place Overall High Score Junior Duo/Trio and first-place Petite Junior National Duo/Trio Title winners and received a $100 gift certificate. Kendal Ferris and Austin Brooks received a Gold Award. In the Petite Groups category, the mini-team’s “We Won’t Grow Up,” performed by Kendal Ferris, Lauren George, Casey Huber and Corinne Novotny, won High Gold and was in the top 10 qualifying groups for the Televised Showcase to re-compete for a $250 gift certificate. In the Junior Groups category “Knock on Wood” performed by Suzie and Dino Elias, Meredith Grasso, Ali and Jillian Dauscher, Jess Latta, Riana Cerceo, Madeline Feldman, Trevor Fairbank and Jillian Raney received a High Gold and was in the Top 10 qualifying groups for the Televised Showcase to re-compete for $250. The group won third place in the National Showcase and won $50. A Gold Award was received by the Junior Team for their Novice Small Group number performed by Lexi Brooks, Casey Simon, Alexis Arens, Jenna Fragola, Morgan King, Carleigh Dauscher and Derek Werle. The Junior Team also won a Gold Award for their Large Group lyrical number. In the Senior Soloist category (ages 13 and over) High Golds were awarded to Ali Dauscher, Kevin Novotny, Madeline Feldman, Carleigh Dauscher, Morgan King, Jessica Wahl, Ali Dauscher and Becca Lincoln. Lincoln received the Judges Choice “Intense Interpretation Award” and Kristine Betts received High Silver. In the Senior Duo/Trio category Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo received a High Gold and won the Judges Choice “Excellent Energy Partnering” award and the second-placer Overall High Score Top Senior Duo/Trio and $50. Elias and Cerceo also received a High Gold and tied for fifth-place Overall High Score Top Duo/Trio. Gold Awards were also received by Becca Lincoln, Madeline Feldman, Jessica Wahl, Meredith Grasso, Morgan King, Ali, Jillian and Carleigh Dauscher, Kevin Novotny and Ali Dauscher, Kaitlin Potnick and Kristina Betts and Blake Bourne and Becca Lincoln, who also won Judges Choice “Creative Choreography” award. In the Production Number category, Dance Visions Team won a Gold Award for “Grease,” Kevin Novotny won the third-place National Photogenic award in the Teen Division. Riana Cerceo was first runner-up to Junior Miss Starbound and was also a “Star of Hope” contestant for the Breast Cancer Society at the Starbound National competition.