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: 86 FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette Dancers and five instructors from the Tatiana-Akinfieva Dance Academy in Milford danced their way to high honors at the New York City Dance Alliance competition and convention in Baltimore Jan. 9 to 11. Dancers and instructors took two full days of dance classes from world-class instructors from across the na- tion. The dancers, who range in age from 6 to 12, danced for a minimum of eight hours each day. Both dancers and staff had the opportunity to work with some of the nation's leading choreog- raphers and instructors. They wy, re instructed in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop, and even took advantage of extra class time during the lunch hour. TADA was recognized for its in- class efforts with several awards. Emma Moorman, 11, and Olivia Caraballo, 10, both of Milford, were chosen as Studio Show- case Dancers. Caraballo and Thomas Vasquez, 10, of Dover were named as Mini Schohrship Finalists with Vasquez going on to win a Future Star Scholarship. Juliana Wamock, 11, was named a Juiaior Scholarship Finalist. In addition to the intense in- structional rigors of the weekend, TADA also made the decision to submit nine entries in the com- petition. "We are not a competition studio. We train our kids for classical ballet productions and for a future in professional dance careers; however, we saw this as an opportunity for us to really push our kids and to put them against some of the best dance studios in the region," said Misty Yencer, TADA instructor. With all 18 dancers competing in at least one piece, TADA stu- dents easily rose to the challenge and represented Delaware beau- t fully, bringing home numerous prestigious awards. "It was inspiring to see how our gifts did and how they were recognized by some of the best in the industry over and oyer again," said Aimee String, TADA director, "We took a piece called Crazy In Love that was performed by our 7-year-olds. They competed against gifts who were nearly twice their age and still brought home a High Silver and Outstanding Energy Award. It still brings tears to my eyes. I could not be prouder!" "It would be hard to pick just one favorite moment from the weekend," said String, "Having one of our gifts called as Top 10 Junior Soloist, watching some of our youngest students compete for the first time and just kill it, and seeing the camaraderie and love between our students, danc- ers and parents are definitely highlights," said String. "I'm extremely proud of how hard the dancers worked to get here. This is the result of end- less hours of hard work and dedication on the part of both the dancers and instructors," said Carie DeBaca, business manager. "While most young people spent their holiday vacation visiting friends and relaxing, our dancers were in the studio putting blood, sweat and tears into rehearsing for this weekend. The work ethic is just incredible." Victoria Brown-O'Brien, Ca- rie DeBaca, Bliss Soucek, Aimee String and Misty Yencer were TADA participating staff. Following is a full list of the award-winning dances and performers: Can't Remember to Forget You (performed by Beenick, A. DeBaca, Dee, Ditt- man, Kerr, Moorman, Robbins and Warnock): High Silver Award, Outstanding Showman- ship Award; The Cello Song (performed by Kerr): Gold Award Outstanding Costume Award; Concrete Angel (performed by Warnock): Gold Award, Stage Presence Award; Crazy in Love (performed by L. DeBaca, Gan- non, Mayle, Meszaros, String, Trivits and Yencer): High Sil- ver Award, Outstanding Energy Award; Ghost (performed by Moorman): High Silver Award, Stage Presence Award; Save Me (performed by Caraballo, Kerr, Knowles, Moorman, Robbins and Warnock): Gold Award, Out- standing Showmanship Award; Secret Garden (performed by Knowles): High Gold Award, Beautiful Potential Award, and Top 10 Junior Soloist; Uptown (performed by Caraballo, A. De- Baca, Vasquez): Gold Award, Outstanding Showmanship Award; Winter (performed by Dee): High Silver Award, Show- manship Award. SUBMITTED PHOTO DANCERS AND FIVE INSTRUCTORS from the Tatiana-Akinfieva Dance Academy in Milford took two full days of dance classes from world-class in- structors from across the nation at the New York City Dance Alliance com- petition and convention in Baltimore. Shown are in back (I-r) Emily Dittman, Kate Mezaros, Aidan Robbins, and MaKenzie Dee; third row Emma Moorman, Ariana Knowles, Olivia Caraballo, and Brynn String; second row Alayna De- Baca, Jillian Kerr, Jessica Beenick, Logyn DeBaca, Juliana Warnock, and Au- brey Trivits. In front are Carmella Gannon, Madilynn Yencer, Halley Mayle, and Thomas Vasquez. Re entry ongoing physical and behavior- through the MidAtlantic Wine+ - al health treatment, and social Food Festival. Members of the services. 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