Merit Dance Com­pany at­tends dance fes­ti­val

Serve Daily - - MERIT ACADEMY - By Ash­lyn Rich Merit Acad­emy

The Merit Acad­emy Dance Com­pany at­tended the Utah Dance Ed­u­ca­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion High School Dance Fes­ti­val on March 4. Merit was one of 36 high schools from across the state in­volved in the fes­ti­val.

“This is such a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to take classes from pro­fes­sion­als in the dance world and work with other dance stu­dents from all over Utah,” said Dance Com­pany Di­rec­tor Kimie Snapp.

Dancers spent the day tak­ing mas­ter classes rang­ing from for­eign styles such as Ázonto to con­tem­po­rary, bal­let, jazz, hip hop and mod­ern dance tech­nique. Each school brought two pieces of chore­og­ra­phy to be ad­ju­di­cated.

Bre­anna Lo­era, a ju­nior at Merit, re­ceived the high­est rank­ing of “Su­pe­rior” with her chore­og­ra­phy “Kinect,” an am­bi­tious project in­volv­ing two large pro­jec­tion screens. Ash­lyn Rich, a se­nior and Ster­ling Scholar re­cip­i­ent for Merit, re­ceived the 2017 UDEO Dance Fes­ti­val’s “Out­stand­ing Dancer¨ award for Merit Acad­emy.

To cul­mi­nate the event, Merit Acad­emy had the op­por­tu­nity to open the Gala Con­cert that evening on the Kings­bury Hall stage at the UDEO Dance Fes­ti­val Gala. It was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for all the dancers. Merit Acad­emy is a char­ter high school lo­cated in Springville.

The Merit Acad­emy Dance Com­pany re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the Ed­u­ca­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion High School Dance Fes­ti­val.

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