Elite Dance students rock Tulsa competition
TULSA -- Students from Elite Dance Studios have reached new heights in competition.
The Company Dance Convention and Competition, held Jan. 11-13, attracted more than 700 dances from the region. Elite's students gave 22 performances, including solos, duos, and larger groups, and they received recognition from the judges and from other competitors.
The Facebook Fan Favorite, voted by everyone in attendance, gave top honors to a production number with 36 Elite students, who entertained with a rousing performance of "Jubilation T. Cornpone." They were also awarded first overall in their division.
The judges, all working professionals in dance or theater, also singled out several Elite performers. A duo of Emma Samac and Taylor Gordon won third overall in their division, and a duo of Kourtney Granger and Lexi Woods won second overall in their division.
Elite students swept the Entertainer awards, with Abby Taylor winning the senior division and siblings Gavin and Eden Wilson sharing the junior Entertainer award.
Eden Wilson and Taylor Gordon also earned two of only 10 scholarships awarded, with a value of $225 each.
Kathy Mock, owner and studio manager, explained that the Company Dance Competition was founded almost 20 years ago by Paula Abdul and attracts serious competitors. Elite sends a contingent every year, and each year the students have performed better than the previous year.
Elite Artistic Director Virginia Mock said the students pushed hard in preparation for this competition. "The scores we got last year were good, but the scores this year were even better," she added.
The weekend featured more than just competition. Students had opportunities to take classes with top-flight teachers.
"The classes were inspiring," said Kathy Mock. "The kids had a great time and learned a lot." Some of the dance moms got in on the fun, too. They took a hip-hop class and performed a routine that was well received by the entire audience.
Elite's success qualifies the studio for nationals this summer in Hollywood, where top studios from all over the nation will compete. Students will also continue to prepare for the annual recital, which will be held in May at the Lawrence Welk Theater in Branson, Mo.
Elite Dance Studios, now in its 19th year, currently has about 100 students enrolled. More information on the studio is available at 870-423-3504.