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The Suburbanite
  • Local dancers dance around the competition

  • Seven young ladies from the junior age group at 8 Count Dance Studio took their talents to regional dance competitions and came out as winners.

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  • Seven young ladies from the junior age group at 8 Count Dance Studio took their talents to regional dance competitions and came out as winners.
    This year the young dancers set out to go up against more than 100 other regional competitors that included Canada and the United Kingdom and once again were the highest scoring group out of all of them.
    Pizer said this is the third year the girls have danced together and every year they have been the high score winners.
    "We have nicknamed them our "Dream Team" because they dance so well together," said Pizer.
    The competitive winning dance was lyrical style, which was technique-based. It was titled "Grace.”
    The winning dancers all said they love dancing with 8 Count and said they have become a family.
    "I love dancing with the group because they are like a second family to me when I come here. I look forward to coming down here,” said 11-year-old Fayth Young.
    Becca Borne, 10-year-old Green Schools student, said she likes working as a group because "they always have your back and really care for you and you have to work together."
    The "Dream Team" dances six days a week , which usually includes 12 to 20 hours of varied training. It includes three ballet classes a week.
    "Ballet is the most important," said Pizer.
    The dancers also train in hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, tap and acro, which is gymnastics as well as musical theater.
    Courtney Leonard, 10, attends the Lake Local Schools. She said she likes to work with the group because “they are really nice and they will help you if you need help” and "they got your back if you fall."
    "I like dancing with the group because, one, it is like my second family and two, we all have different skill levels and I like how it shows off in our dances,” 10-year-old Mollie Carneal said.
    Pizer said the girls really push each other and they are a very close group.
    One dance team member, 9-year-old Tessa Miracle, recently signed with an agency. She was scouted by the talent agency and had to fly to Los Angeles to meet with them.
    "We were at a national competition this summer in Virginia Beach and Tessa had already gone to two other regional competitions,” Pizer said. “They (talent agency) had been watching her during the competition.”
    Tessa continues to send them clips of her dancing so she will have a profile on hand at the agency and if she is a good fit for an audition, she will have to fly to where that happens to be.
    "She is technically a represented working dancer which is like the Holy Grail of dancing," Pizer said. "It is a huge accomplishment for her just turning nine and it is very, very rare, especially from this area."
    Page 2 of 2 - Pizer also said it is a stepping stone for Tessa to be working in the industry.
    Tessa said she would like to dance professionally.
    The close knit groups continues the hard work it takes to become the best, but beyond that they are all very close friends and they giggle and hug a lot.