Riverside Dance Academy has won ANOTHER studio award!! At KAR, RDA took home the Top intermediate studio of the entire competition! KAR is the biggest commercial dance competition currently in operation and this last weekend was very competitive! We are so proud of our dancers and how hard they work.
KAR Award Achievements are:
Elite Top First (highest scores), Top First and First
Category placements: Dancers are ranked in each age and style
Overall/High Point placements: Dancers are ranked out of multiple styles within each age category.
Big shout out to our Elite Top First Senior Small Group, composed of Megan Giffin, Emily Kelley, Hayley Hunt and London Mitchell, for winning 1st overall/High Point, $100 cash prize and a scholarship to the Australian Finals! Performing Someone Who Can Dance, choreographed by Andy Carballo, they also won Video of the Week! Good job, girls!
Congratulations, Emily Kelley! For winning 1st in the Top First Teen Solo category for her performance of Chasing, choreographed by Quincy Jacinto and coached by Rachel Jacinto. She also won a scholarship award to KAR convention and 2nd place as Miss Teen Dance for her variation from La Esmeralda. Her photos for both dances also got featured on KAR’s Instagram!
Congratulations, Megan Giffin! For winning 1st runner up for Miss Teen Dance for her performance of Gamzatti’s variation from La Bayadere, and for placing 1st in the Elite Top First Senior Solo category, 2nd overall/High Point out of 18 for her performance of Quincy Jacinto’s Old Days, coached by Rachel Jacinto.
Emily and Megan also won 1st overall in the Top First Teen Duet category for The Chain, also bagging a $100 cash prize!
Big hugs to our Top First Petite Small Group, composed of Adiyah Aryes, Baylee Matias, Amani Smith and Natalie Vera won the Judges Choice: Beautiful Ballerinas Award, for their performance of Hayley Hunt’s A Whole New World.
And AHOY! to our First Small Group Pirates: Allurabella Chandler, Megan Giffin, Isabella Jacinto, Violet Jacinto, Nicole Martinez, Genesis McMullin, Erin Padilla, Yazmin Ramirez, and Emma St. Cloud for winning the Judges Choice: Personality Award! We raise our pirate flag proudly!
But, really, we're just so proud of everyone who shone onstage!
Each competition is a learning experience and a chance to work towards your dream! Hard work, dedication and a positive attitude can go a long way. Pay attention to your surroundings to make improvements and watch some of these amazing dancers and learn from them. We love the growth we are seeing, keep up the great work dancers! Let's continue to improve upon our best selves each competition, no matter what the awards are! We are so proud of you!
There is still plenty of time to check out comp teams and see what they are all about for next year. Whether you are a current competition student or if you are interested in joining competition teams next year, now is the time to get really serious about your technique and rock the audition on August 26th! Keep in mind, you may be invited to represent RDA with a solo, duet or trio so be sure you are ready. Keep learning and preparing!
The dancers love the support from parents, staff, coaches and even other dancers and parents who are not yet on competition teams. We are all finished with our regional competitions for the year and up next is our Nationals in Vegas: July 1st-6th! The studio will be closed and we would love to see everyone's smiling faces supporting us in Vegas!
(Schedules will be emailed and posted to the board when available)