Paula Terenzi’s Dance Complex in Malden returned home from their competition season as the Studio of Excellence sponsored by the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions at the Legacy Dance Championships.
This honor was awarded as their students achieved overall high scores and overall winners in three regional dance competitions. The students qualified for three national competitions after entering divisions of solo, duo’s, groups and productions choreographed by the PTDC staff, who worked hard to challenge the students to their next level.
Teachers Keriann Gaudet, Christina McGahey, Kristina Simopoulos and Paula Terenzi Byrne were recognized with their overall high scoring groups and solo choreography.
The dancers also received the Sportsmanship Award at the Legacy Dance Championships.
“This was most important to me,” Paula said. “It is important that my dancers are respectful and appreciative of those around them. It was nice to hear they were helpful and kind to their fellow competitors. This is a reflection of the wonderful families we have at the Dance Complex.”
The overall high scoring students in their divisions this past season included:
First place Soloists – Nora Pawl (2x), Madison Ogiba, Madison Cuthbert, Jeana DelloRusso (2x), Kaleigh Burns (2x;, first place duo’s – Gianna Bilodeau and Stefanie Sernavsky, Madison Ogiba and Nicolette Capurso (2x); first place groups performing, Juicy (2x), Runaway Baby, Bonjour Paris (2x), It’s the Girl, Wizard of Ahhs, God Bless the USA, and Omigod (2x).
A summary of other awards include 15 Special Judges Awards, 12 Specialty Awards including Costume and Photogenic, one Elite Platinum Award, 66 Platinum Awards, 59 Elite/High/Gold Awards.
The next performance for the Dance Complex is the 34th annual dance recital to be held at Malden High School on June 3. The Dance Complex holds a six-week summer program as well as sponsors Dance Camp on Cape Cod in August.