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Co. Dance Announces 2013-2014 Tour Dates!
Mark your calendars and save the date for your city on the 2013-2014 CO. DANCE TOUR. We are coming off a SOLD OUT tour so make plans to register early because this tour will sell out fast! Cities and dates are subject to change. Keep checking back for more detailed event information and for additional cities to be added.
2013-2014 Co. Dance Tour
Denver, CO ♦ Nov. 1-3, 13
Sacramento, CA ♦ Nov. 8-10, 13
Kansas City, MO ♦ Nov. 22-24, 13
Tulsa, OK ♦ Jan. 10-12, 14
Chicago, IL ♦ Jan. 17-19, 14
New York, NY ♦ Jan. 24-26, 14
Birmingham, AL ♦ Jan. 31-Feb 2, 14
Houston, TX ♦ Feb. 7-9, 14
Memphis, TN ♦ Feb. 14-16, 14
Detroit, MI ♦ Feb. 21-23, 14
Indianapolis, IN ♦ Feb. 28-Mar 2, 14
Greenville, SC ♦ Mar. 7-10, 14
Orlando, FL ♦ Mar. 14-16, 14
Dallas, TX ♦ Mar. 21-23, 14
Orange County, CA ♦ Apr. 4-6, 14
Santa Clara, CA ♦ Apr. 11-13, 14
Seattle, WA ♦ Apr. 25-27, 14
Phoenix, AZ ♦ May 2-4, 14
Faculty featuring Tyce Diorio, Nancy O'Meara, Gregg Russell, Judy Rice, Nick Florez, Barry YoungBlood, Kayla Radomski, Tucker Barkley, Robert Roldan, Katie Schaar, and Chris Jones!
For the latest tour information and to register, go to www.codance.com or call toll free 888-473-5383.
Congratulations to our DDS Dance Challenge Finalists – VOTE NOW
Vote for your favorite performance to win the national title of DDS Dance Challenge Champion! The winning studio will receive a cash prize of $500 courtesy of Discount Dance Supply. The voting polls are open so let the competition begin.
Voting ends August 6, 2012 at 5 pm CST. Winner will be announced on August 10, 2012. Only one vote per email address will be counted.
Congratulations to our Finalists on the 2011-2012 Co. Dance Tour!
Sacramento – “Symphony” – Step 1 Dance & Fitness
Denver – "Something is Lost" – Michelle Latimer Dance Academy
Phoenix – "Numb” – Danceworks by Dannis
San Marcos – "The Waiting Room" – Rise Dance Company
Tulsa – "Calling Home" – Prestige Dance Company
Chicago – "Mime Games" – Expressions Dance Theatre
Memphis – "Family of 5" – Dance Works Studio
New Orleans – "The Hill" – Modern Conceptions of Dance
Birmingham – "Eleanor Rigby" – Jill's Studio of Dance
New York – "Girl Power" – Touch of Class Dance Studio
Toledo – "My Love" – Company C Dance Club
Greenville – "Our Story" – Dancers Corner
Orlando – "Mr. Bojangles" – Dance FX
Dallas – "Parquet Soy Majeure" – La Danse Studio
Orange County – "The Otherside" – Hammond Studio of Dance
Seattle – "Reverb" – Premiere Dance Center
Santa Clara – "Heartbeats" – Dance Connection Palo Alto
Thank For Being Part of the 15 Year Co. Dance Anniversary Tour!
Thank you to all of our clients in helping us celebrate 15 amazing years of Co. Dance! It has been a blessing forming relationships with you over the years and we are honored that you select us time and time again to be one of your stops during your convention season. Your continued support and feedback have helped us grow into what we are today. For that, we are eternally grateful.
Thank you so much! We look forward to continuing to work with you for years to come.
Greyson Chance Premieres “Hold On Til’ The Night” Music Video Choreographed By Nancy O’Meara
Greyson Chance will release the music video for his song “Hold On Til the Night” choreographed by Nancy O'Meara on Friday, December 9th. He shows fans what they can expect in his behind-the-scenes video (link below). Greyson explains, “This song’s really special to me. It’s just one of those power anthems. It’s about being strong and being courageous.” He added, “I think the video is all about enlightenment.” The music video was shot in black and white and uses real kids instead of actors! Isn’t that cool?
You can catch the premiere of the “Hold On Til the Night” music video on The Ellen Show Friday afternoon, but until then make sure you check out what happened behind the scenes!
Congrats AKsquared! WINNERS of Disney Channel’s Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off
Congrats AKsquared! They are the WINNERS of Disney Channel's Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off and will now appear as featured spotlight dancers on an episode of “Shake It Up”. The girls – Arielle, Alyssa, Kailey and Kalani – range in age from 10 to 14 and train at Club Dance in Mesa, Arizona. Co. Dance was lucky enough to watch these talented dancers take top awards at our Regional Convention & Competition last season and we are very proud of their accomplishment!
Don’t Miss Kayla & Tucker Dancing in Footloose
Check out Kayla & Tucker dancing in the remake of the feature film Footloose starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, and Dennis Quaid. The movie opens nationwide on October 14thand promises to be a hit!
Congrats Jill’s Studio of Dance – 2011 Co. Dance National Studio Champion
Co. Dance awarded Jill’s Studio of Dance its top honor of National Studio Champion at the 2011 Co. Dance National Finals. It was a tight race but Jill’s Studio of Dance emerged as the highest overall scoring studio during the Finals Competition.
Jill’s Studio of Dance was honored at the Co. Dance Faculty Choice Awards on the evening of June 30, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. This red carpet event is the highlight of the week where select performances compete for top honors as selected by the Co. Dance faculty.
Read more about this studio's achievements in the link below. Congratulations again to Jill McNew and all of her amazing dancers, teachers, and parents!!!
Co. Dance Announces 2011-2012 15 Year Anniversary Tour Dates!
Save the date for the 2011-2012 Co. Dance 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Tour. Start making your plans now for the best Co. Dance tour to date!!! Cities and dates are subject to change. Keep checking back for more detailed event information.
Sacramento, CA • Nov. 4- 6
Denver, CO • Nov. 11-13
Phoenix, AZ • Nov. 18-20
San Marcos, TX • Jan. 6-8
Tulsa, OK • Jan. 13-15
Chicago, IL • Jan. 27-29
Memphis, TN • Feb. 3-5
New Orleans, LA • Feb. 10-12
Birmingham, AL • Feb. 17-19
New York, NY • Feb. 24-26
Toledo, OH • Mar. 2-4
Greenville, SC • Mar. 9-11
Orlando, FL • Mar. 16-18
Dallas, TX • Mar. 23-25
Orange County, CA • Apr. 20- 22
Seattle, WA • Apr. 27-29
Santa Clara, CA • May 4-6
Lauren Froderman coming to Toledo & Orange County Co. Dance!
On August 12, 2010, Lauren Froderman was America's pick to win the title of Favorite Dancer on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Lauren is the show's seventh winner, adding one more name to the list of talented performers who have been voted into the winning spot since 2005.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Lauren has been dancing since she was three years old. At the age of 18, Lauren is among the youngest winners on the show. Her prior dance experience includes 12 years of competitive training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and a little bit of tap.
Lauren's dance idols include the classical genius, Mikhail Baryshnikov and pop icon, Michael Jackson. Prior to working with them on the show, Lauren has trained with SYTYCD choreographers Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, Tyce Diorio, Travis Wall, and Wade Robson.
Despite the fact that Lauren is Season 7's winner and loves to dance, her dreams for her future include going to college and becoming a teacher. She plans to use her SYTYCD winnings to help pay for tuition. Co. Dance is thrilled to have Lauren join us in Toledo and Orange County on our 2010-2011 “Be U” Tour!
Nick Florez Choreographs Katy Perry’s Performance on X-Factor
Kudos to NICK FLOREZ who choreographed KATY PERRY’S performance on Britain’s hit show “X Factor.” Perry owned the stage in this literal interpretation of her new single "Firework.” Nick held his auditions in London and hired 6 dancers and 4 specialty dancers for the show. The performance was amazing . . . even Simon Cowell was impressed! The cameras caught him saying "Wow" at the end of the performance. Check out the link to view the performance and stay tuned for more from Nick and Katy. Nick will be choreographing Katy Perry's upcoming performance on the European Music Awards in Madrid, Spain
Nancy O’Meara Stages Miranda Cosgrove for Today Show Concert
Miranda Cosgrove took over The Today Show on NBC in early September as the featured artist of the Toyota Concert Series. With help from her Artistic Director and Choreographer, Nancy O’Meara, Miranda wowed the crowd performing “Kissin’ U” and “Bam” off of her debut album, Sparks Fly. Great job Nancy & Miranda!
Lauren Froderman Wins SYTYCD!
Co. Dance congratulates Lauren Froderman for winning Season 7 on Fox's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance." This Arizona native from Bender Performing Arts was the 2009 Co. Dance Senior Performer of the Year and recipient of our Assistant Teacher Award. The Co. Dance Faculty has loved watching Lauren grow as a dancer over the years.
We are also so proud of our own Lauren Gottlieb for an outstanding season as one of the first ever All-Star dancers on SYTYCD. Lauren came in 3rd on Season 3 and has been a staple of the show ever since. Congratulations on a great season!
2010 Co. Dance Educator of the Year Awarded to Linda Bernabei-Retter
Congratulations to our 2010 Co. Dance Educator of the Year Award recipient, Linda Bernabei-Retter of Retter’s Academy of Dance!
Linda is internationally recognized by Tremaine Dance Conventions, Dance Masters of America, Professional Teachers Association, Al Gilbert Seminars, and Hoctor’s Dance Caravan and has appeared in numerous national dance publications including a cover story of the February 2005 issue of Dancer Magazine with her husband Darryl Retter with whom she co-owns Retter’s Academy of Dance.
Their academy holds several distinguished honors including Best Dance Instruction in Agoura Hills (2008 & 2009) and Mr. & Mrs. Dance Teacher (Dance Teacher 2000). Creator of the Danceitarian Movement, Linda’s answer to the needs of the community and the world was to GIVE BACK! Her most prized project involve the “Dancers Care” campaign that has raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.
This exciting motivator, educator, choreographer, and dancer has worked with and/or choreographed for Bette Midler, Robert Guillaume, Lionel Richie, Billy Crystal, Tom Jones, Andy Gibb, Sammy Davis Jr., and Michael Jackson. Click on the link below to read more about this amazing teacher, entrepreneur, and humanitarian!
Co. Dance & Live Life Renovate Dance Room for Boys & Girls Club
Produced by Live Life Productions, Co. Dance and its partners, Magical Builders and the Boys & Girls Club of America, unveiled “LIVE DANCE”, a renovation project inspiring the creative arts.
On June 2, 2010 the Magical Builders team, led by Executive Director Christy Frank, organized a Community Volunteer Day to renovate and refurbish an instructional dance room for the Boys & Girls Club of LA Harbor. In addition Co. Dance, lead by faculty members Nancy O’Meara and Chris Jones, ran instructional classes in the creative arts to inspire the children of the community. To wrap up the day, volunteers passed out Live Dance goody bags provided by our terrific sponsors!
The Boys & Girls Club of LA Harbor serves the most at-risk children of the Harbor communities and is the largest private child development agency in the entire South Bay. With over 70 years experience, they sponsor 17 program sites in the San Pedro and Wilmington area and serve over 2,000 boys and girls daily. They are the “Positive Place for Kids” and provide the most competitive child development programming around.