Sarah Sorensen, a Lakewood resident and Hudtloff Middle Schooler (8th grade), and member of the Action Dance Senior Select Tap Company, won the highest overall score out of 107 competitive dance routines for the tap company’s performance of the tap dance
“How How” at the recent Tremaine Dance Competition and Convention.
Action Dance’s Senior Select Tap Company traveled to Vancouver, WA last month to compete and brought home the highest honor of the weekend, receiving the Highest Score Trophy. Young men and women from Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona competed at the adjudicated event, with over 100 dance routines being performed during six hour of competition. “How How” received the highest score of any dance routine in all categories, which included tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and open performances. “How How” also earned a perfect score from one of the three judges.
Sarah Sorensen, Kilee Vega and Annie McKee (left to right), members of the Action Dance Senior Select Tap Company, performed “How How” at the Tremaine Dance Competition in Vancouver and earned the highest score out of the 107 competitive dance performances. (Photo by Kimi Stephens)
Other members of the Action Dance Senior Select Tap Company include Kilee Vega and Annie McKee. Jacob Rodvelt-Gamlieli, owner and director of Action Dance, stated “I’m very proud of our Senior Select Tap Company. These three young ladies have tap danced together for over four years, and you can see that experience it in their strong technical skills and stage presence. It’s always a blast to watch them perform together. They don’t just dance, they interact.”
University Place’s own Sarah Snyder performed a dress rehearsal of her “Jump, Shout!” tap routine at the Action Dance studio, prior to winning her First Place Overall award at The Rainbow Dance Competition in Burien. (Photo by Jacob Rodvelt-Gamlieli)
The following weekend, another Action Dance tap dancer and University Place resident, Sarah Snyder, received top honors at The Rainbow Dance Competition in Burien. Snyder, a fifth-grader at Charles Wright, won First Place Overall in the 9 to 12-Year-Old Newbie Soloist category. She performed her routine, “Jump, Shout!,” which combined tap dancing and jump roping skills in the same performance. “This was Sarah’s first solo performance, and she did an excellent job,” added Rodvelt-Gamlieli. Her tap performance was the highest score for all
9 to 12 year-old newbie dancers, including tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, song and dance, and open routines, proving that beginning tap performers under Action Dance instruction can place highly, as well.
Action Dance’s Performing Companies will continue to compete in dance competitions throughout the spring, with a trip to a national competition planned in early July. Action Dance is located at 1010 South 30th and offers classes for children age 2 through adults. Beginning through advance level classes are offered in hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, creative movement, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary, acro/cheer, and step/break dancing. Action Dance has been in business since 1984, opening its newest Tacoma location within the past two years. For more information, call (253) 627-STEP or visit www.actiondance.com.