The Dance Awards

The Dance Awards are a National Competition presented annually in Las Vegas and Orlando, and are awarded to recognise excellence in dance for young dancers between the age of five and eighteen. They are widely regarded as the most prestigious award presented for dance in the US, and are considered to be one of the toughest competitions internationally for young pre-professional dancers.

The Dance Awards
Awarded forExcellence in dance
CountryUnited States
First awarded2011–present
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OverviewEdit

The Dance Awards (TDA), was first held in 2011 in New York City, where it continued to be held annually in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the competition expanded to two locations, Las Vegas and New York City. It continued to be held this way for another year in 2015. However, in 2016 and 2017, instead of New York City the second location was changed to Orlando.

The competition is usually held in the first week of July. In 2017, it was announced that The Dance Awards 2018 will be held between June 30 – July 7.

Famous competitorsEdit

There have been several competitors that have competed or appeared on several other talent or dancing shows such as America's Got Talent, World of Dance, Dance Moms, Dancing with the Stars, and So You Think You Can Dance. Those competitors include Jenna Johnson, Tanisha Belnap, Ricky Ubeda, Jonathan Wade, Justin Pham, Kalani Hilliker, Maesi Caes, Landon Anderson, Teddy Coffey,Rudy Abreu, Alexia Meyer, Nick Garcia, Taylor Sieve, D'Angelo Castro, Amanda Carbajales, Briar Nolet, Gabe DeGuzman, Ruby Castro, Tate McRae, Moises Parra, Addison Moffett, Sydney Tormey, Tristan Ianiero, Sophia Lucia, Brynn Rumfallo, Derek Piquette, Tristen Sosa, Vivian Ruiz, Lex Ishimoto, Brianna Penrose, Ryan Maw, Joziah German, Artyon Celestine, Riley Kurilko, Sage Rosen, Quinn Starner, Eva Igo, Gavin Morales, Avery Gay, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Izzy Howard, Logan Hernandez, Andres Penate, Murphy Lee, Parker Garrison, Maddie Ziegler , Ava Brooks, Mackenzie Ziegler, Brightyn Brems, Nick Daniels, Howard Johnson, Camila Schwarz, Diana Pombo, Hailey Bills, Jaxon Willard, Elliana Walmsley, JT Church, Gino Cosculluela, Stephanie Sosa, Charity Anderson, Lauren Yakima, Kayla Mak, Findlay McConnell, Kaeli Ware, Ezra Sosa, Benjamin Castro, Shamus Moriarty, Rylee Arnold, Emma Hellencamp, Ellie and Ava Wagner, and Savannah Manzel.

New York CityEdit

New York City was the original location for the competition in 2011, but it was replaced by Orlando in 2016.

Studio of the Year WinnersEdit

Year Studio Director(s)
2011 Joanne Chapman School of Dance Joanne Chapman
2012 Center Stage Performing Arts Studio Kim Delgrosso and Alex Murillo
2014 Elite Danceworx Dawn Rappitt
2015 Joanne Chapman School of Dance Joanne Chapman

Male Best Dancer WinnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2011 Daniel Gaymon (Columbia City Jazz) Ricky Ubeda (Stars Dance Studio) Jonathan Wade (Dance Unlimited) Travis Atwood (Talent Factory)
2012 Ricky Ubeda (Stars Dance Studio) Kyle Patrick Clark (Elite Danceworx) D'Angelo Castro (Dance Town) Jamaii Melvin (Dance Empire of Miami)
2013 Zelig Williams (Southern Strutt) Zenon Zubyk (Elite Danceworx) Julian Lombardi (JCSOD) Joey Britt (Southern Strutt)
2014 Keanu Uchida (Leeming Danceworx) Julian Elia (Elite Danceworx) Findlay McConnell (Elite Danceworx) Brady Farrar (Stars Dance Studio)
2015 Kyle Patrick Clarke (Elite Danceworx) Logan Hernandez (Stars Dance Studio) Murphy Lee (Performing Dance Arts) Tristan Ianiero (Art & Soul Dance Company)

Female Best Dancer winnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2011 Bianca Melchior (Elite Danceworx) Sarah Pippin (CC & Co. Dance Complex) Jayci Kalb (The Dance Centre) Leara Stanley (CC & Co. Dance Complex)
2012 Jenna Johnson (Center Stage Performing Arts Studio) Jazzmin James (Elite Danceworx) Payton Johnson (Jean Jeigh Academy of Dance) Talia Seitel (Murrieta Dance Project)
2013 Miriam Gittens (The Dance Studio of Fresno) Christina Ricucci (Murrieta Dance Project) Kalani Hilliker (Club Dance Studio) Tate McRae (Drewitz Dance Productions)
2014 Brianne Sellars (Dancemakers of Atlanta) Jayci Kalb (The Dance Centre) Sophia Lucia (RT Dance Academy) Kayla Mak (Westchester Dance Academy)
2015 Jazzmin James (Elite Danceworx) Payton Johnson (Jean Leigh Academy of Dance) Tate McRae (YYC Dance Project) Jezzaeyah Slack (Joanne Chapman School of Dance)

Las VegasEdit

Las Vegas was introduced as a location in 2014. It is widely considered to be the toughest place to compete as the most prestigious dance companies choose to attend the Las Vegas competition instead of the Orlando or New York City location.

Studio of the Year winnersEdit

Year Studio Director(s)
2014 Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre Camille Billelo
2015 The Dance Studio of Fresno Sue Sampson-Dalena
2016 Larkin Dance Studio Molly Larkin and Michele Larkin
2017 Club Dance Studio Kelli Wilkins
2018 Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre Camille Billelo Gross
2019 Center Stage Performing Arts Studio Alex Murillo, Robin Murillo and Kim Delgrosso

Male Best Dancer winnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2014 Eric Scholoesser (Michelle Latimer Dance Academy) Lex Ishimoto (West Coast School of the Arts) Carter Williams (Center Stage Performing Arts Studio) Joziah German (Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre)
2015 Michael Hall (Columbia City Jazz) Graham Feeny (Company C Dance Club) Ryan Maw (Danceology) Gavin Morales (The Rage)
2016 Lex Ishimoto (West Coast School of the Arts) Sage Rosen (The Company) Holden Maples (Just for Kicks) Artyon Celestine (Murrieta Dance Project)
2017 Timmy Blankenship (Artistic Fusion Dance Academy) Ryan Maw (Danceology) Tristan Ianiero (Art & Soul Dance Company) JT Church (Club Dance Studio)
2018 Christian Smith (The Rock Center for Dance) Joziah German (Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre) Jonathan Paula (Canadian Dance Unit) Hudson Pletcher (Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Academy)
2019 Findlay McConnell (Elite Danceworx) Holden Maples (Westlake Dance Center) Stefano Bonomo (Elite Danceworx) Aedyn Bekker (Murrieta Dance Project)

Female Best Dancer winnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2014 Alyssa Allen (Westside Dance Project) Simrin Player (Club Dance Studio) Emma Sutherland (Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Center) Brynn Rumfallo (Club Dance Studio)
2015 Ashley Green (Columbia City Jazz) Lucy Vallely (Elevation Studios) Jaycee Wilkins (Club Dance Studio) Avery Gay (Master Ballet Academy)
2016 Taylor Sieve (Larkin Dance Studio) Emma Sutherland (Dance Industry Performing Arts Center) Emma York (Danceology) Kiarra Waidelich (The Rock Center for Dance)
2017 Simrin Player (Club Dance Studio) Megan Goldstein (Westside Dance Project) Avery Gay (Master Ballet Academy) Brightyn Brems (Center Stage Performing Arts Studio)
2018 Lucy Vallely (Westside Dance Project) Tate McRae (YYC Dance Project) Kiarra Waidelich (The Rock Center for Dance) Elliana Walmsley (Michelle Latimer Dance Academy)
2019 Ellie Wagner (Larkin Dance Studio) Bostyn Brown (Club Dance Studio) Addison Leitch (Westside Dance Project) Crystal Huang (The Rock Center for Dance)

OrlandoEdit

In 2016 Orlando replaced New York City as the second competition location.

Studio of the Year winnersEdit

Year Studio Director
2016 Dance Town Manny Castro and Lory Castro
2017 Vlad's Dance Company Vlad Novitski
2018 Performing Dance Arts Ashley Daychak
2019 Vlad's Dance Company Vlad Novitski

Male Best Dancer winnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2016 Jonathan Wade (Dance Unlimited) D'Angelo Castro (Dance Town) Parker Garrison (Stars Dance Studio) Jonathan Paula (The Dance Zone)
2017 Wyeth Walker (Denise Wall Dance Energy) Findlay McConnell (Elite Danceworx) Brady Farrar (Stars Dance Studio) Stefano Bonomo (Elite Danceworx)
2018 Michael Novitski (Vlad's Dance Company) Joey Gertin (Elite Danceworx) Jackson Foley (Performing Dance Arts) Anthony LaGrega (companyONE)
2019 D'Angelo Castro (Dance Town) Murphy Lee (Performing Dance Arts) Timothy Zvifel (Vlad's Dance Company) Ian Stegeman (Woodbury Dance Center)

Female Best Dancer winnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2016 Jayci Kalb (The Dance Centre) Morgan Higgins (Denise Wall Dance Energy) Bostyn Brown (Club Dance Studio) Diana Pombo (Stars Dance Studio)
2017 Payton Johnson (Jean Leigh Academy of Dance) Quinn Starner (Stars Dance Studio) Bella Klassen (YYC Dance Project) Hailey Bills (Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre)
2018 Morgan Higgins (Denise Wall Dance Energy) Kelis Robinson (Elite Danceworx) Ava Wagner (Larkin Dance Studio) Cameron Voorhees (Evolve Dance Complex)
2019 Vivian Ruiz (Stars Dance Studio) Ruby Castro (Dance Town) Keagan Capps (The Pointe Performing Arts Center) Gracyn French (Project 21)

LIVEEdit

The Dance Awards LIVE was held online in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Male Best Dancer winnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2020 Joziah German (Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre) Easton Magliarditi (The Rock Center for Dance) Nicholas Bustos (Stars Dance Studio) Keenan Mentzos (PULSE Dance Centre)

Female Best Dancer winnersEdit

Year Senior Teen Junior Mini
2020 Kelis Robinson (Elite Danceworx) Kiarra Waidelich (The Rock Center for Dance) Ali Ogle (Larkin Dance Studio) Savannah Manzel (Larkin Dance Studio)


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