Dance Visions duo wins first place |

Dance Visions duo wins first place

Provided to the TribuneDino Elias and Olivia Mason received a gold first-place award and $1,800 in prize money for the highest duo/trio score as well as the all-around high score at the Urban Jamm's National Dance Finals.

Dance Visions Performing Arts Center instructors and students recently returned from Los Angeles with trophies and honors in tow. Four junior dance team members from Dance Visions competed in Urban Jamm’s National Dance Finals, where all scored high enough in the preliminary competitions July 29 that they were able to move on to the national competitions on July 31.

Zephyr Cove residents Olivia Mason and Dino Elias scored highest with their Latin couples dance “Cup of Life,” choreographed by Joan Elias of Dance Visions. They received a gold first-place award and won $1,800 in prize money for the highest duo/trio score as well as the all-around high score for the entire competition in the Junior Dance Division.

“We were so proud of their performance. They gave it their all and were rewarded for their hard work,” said Kelly Alvarez, owner of Dance Visions.

Also competing were Mac and Riana Cerceo, who teamed up with Olivia Mason for a delightful character hobo number, which featured partnering work, character jazz, hip hop and breakdancing. Riana Cerceo also performed her award-winning tango jazz from the Cinderella National Pageant.

Dance Visions will conduct one last audition for its performing dance teams at 4 p.m. July 27 at the studio in Round Hill. The performance teams will compete in such competitions as L. A. DanceForce, Urban Jamm, Spotlight Events and I Love Dance. Three age groups will be accepted: 6 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years and 13 plus years. Dancers should have some previous dance experience, and if accepted, will be required to attend classes as well as team rehearsals. Proper dance attire and dance shoes should be worn for all auditions.

For more information call (775) 588-5425.

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