Spartan Dance Center takes home overall and specialty awards at Energy dance competition last weekend

News Facts
  • Spartan Dance Company, a new dance program comprised of three separate dance companies that allows dancers to compete at the regional level, competed for the first time at the Energy National Dance Competition Saturday, May 5th.
  • Spartan Dance Company performed three different numbers, which include a petite level hip hop and a junior level jazz and kick.
  • The petite hip hop dance company, choreographed by Rachel Bonello, took a high gold award, 3rd overall, and a Most Entertaining award.
  • The junior jazz dance company, choreographed by Leah Seery, took a high gold award, and 1st overall.
  • The junior kick dance company, choreographed by Tiffany Russell, took a silver award.
  • Energy National Dance Competition is a family friendly competition that provides every dancer with an outstanding opportunity to display their talent. The company takes pride in their top notch judges, based on professional training and experience, and for their ability to give helpful critiques to dancers and teachers.
  • Spartan Dance Company is an opportunity for dancers to take their skills to the next level by competing regionally throughout the state of Michigan. Each dancer also receives the opportunity to dance for their community in events such as the MSU Homecoming parade, Flash Mob performances, and the center’s annual spring recital.
  • Spartan Dance Center instructor and longtime competition coach Leah Seery directs Spartan Dance Company.
  • Leah Seery trained at Big City Dance Center, where she was a member of their nationally award-winning competitive company. Leah studied at Broadway Dance Center and the EDGE in Los Angeles with many distinguished choreographers. In addition to teaching at SDC, Leah coaches two different high school Pom teams.
  • Spartan Dance Center is located on the corner of Abbot Road and Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing, Mich. The studio was created by Tiffany Russell in August 2010 and provides a range of dance education courses for children and adults of all ages.
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  • “I was impressed with how the dancers performed at their first competition. They worked so hard all year and it paid off in a way that was rewarding for both us. ”
                                                                                         —Rachel Bonello, Competitive Hip-Hop Instructor
  • “Our studio is new to the competition world, but you would have never guessed it this past weekend. All of our dancers represented the studio in a fun and professional manner. I could not be more proud with the dedication of my staff, dancers, and their families.”
                                                                                                     —Tiffany Russell, Owner & Instructor

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