What was new in the 2015 – 2016 season?
Northland School of Dance continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of our talented and dynamic students. Northland added a 5th studio space adjacent to our primary studios. “Studio K” is large, airy and able to accommodate the entire school for All Company Productions, as well as safely host our top-shelf Acro classes where tumbling and tricks – from the beginner level to elite level – are mastered.
This new space, together with the recent addition of Studio D, means Northland now has plenty of space to offer even more specialty classes (e.g. Yoga, FUSE core conditioning, Vocal at three levels, technique solos and choreographer / dancer space for creating pieces). We have over a dozen highly trained, passionate teachers able to provide best-in-class dance class instruction and solo time with your dancer.
What was a ‘button-busting’ moment of pride for Northland last season?
We had the fantastic opportunity to take nearly all our competing lines to OnStage New York Nationals, held in Orlando, FL in July 2016. There were so many high points from this trip, but here are two notable highlights:
- 1). Two out of the four individual National Champions were Northland dancers! That’s 50%!! Northland dancers took both the Mini and the Teen National Titles! Additionally, we had over a half dozen other Northland Dancers make it to the semi-finals or finals. Incredible results from a season of hard work and dedication from these dancers, and we are so proud of them!
- 2). Several of Northlands numbers were selected and invited to compete in the Grande Finale Gala on the closing day of the competition. On the morning of the Gala competition, in the final moments of rehearsals for our Senior line number Heavy In Your Arms, one of the members on the Northland Senior line fell from atop a high peer lift and fractured her wrist. She was immediately ferried to the ER. Many thought our season had ended at that moment…
After we assembled in our seats at the Gala waiting for the event to start, the event organizers made an announcement to all in attendance, including the teams competing, the judges and the audience. They shared what happened to our dancer and noted “There is no way any studio could find a replacement, re-choreograph and be ready to compete in a few short hours – so we are allowing them to compete with a different number than the one that qualified”.
What they did not know is that Northland dancers might get knocked down – but they never give up! Meantime, our tenacious, determined Senior line had pulled together, recruited a former Senior line member who was serendipitously there as an observer and who was conveniently the exact size of the injured dancer, and they huddled to strategize. In very short order, they re-choreographed the substitute dancer in for just the lifts, and maintained the full choreography of the number. Nothing was diluted, downgraded or omitted. They did this so efficiently and so quickly because they acted as one. A true team – pulling together with an ethos of “All for One, One for All”! Many viewers wondered if the number would still be safe and still look great – very few expected it would still be in contention for the title.
When it was their turn to go on, the team took to the stage and they knocked it out of the park! They nailed it and they won! They won National Gala Teen Critics Choice Title with Heavy In Your Arms. That’s what Northland dancers are made of – talent, teamwork and true grit!