Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts LLC, located in Lehighton, recently held an awards banquet and awarded over $2,300 in performing arts scholarships. The event was held at the Lehighton Orioles.

Named Senior Dancer of the Year for 2012 is Elizabeth Beck, 16-year-old daughter of Michael and Elyssa Beck of Easton and Bron and Maureen Leopold of Lehighton, and granddaughter of Terry and Donna Graver of Lehighton. Elizabeth was awarded a $300 Performing Arts Scholarship.

Sophia Samoleski, 9-year-old daughter of Scott and Gina Samoleski of Jim Thorpe, was named Dance with Kim's Junior Dancer of the Year 2012. Sophia received a $200 Performing Arts Scholarship.

Named Most Improved Dancer 2012 was Danielle Miller. Danielle is the 9-year-old daughter of Mark and Michelle Miller of Lehighton. She was awarded a $150 Performing Arts Scholarship.

The Zarsky/O'Brien Memorial Scholarship for $100 was awarded to Ashley Stetler. She is the daughter of Dave and Tammy Stetler of Palmerton.

The Amanda Thierer Memorial Scholarship was presented to 17-year-old Jordan Sample of Lehighton. Jordan is the daughter of Diane Sample. She received a $300 scholarship.

The winner of the Studio Spirit Scholarship for $200 was Makayla and Makenzie Sabatino. Makenzie and Makayla are the daughters of Donato and Leah Sabatino of Lehighton.

Recipients of the Mark McCool Memorial Scholarships, each worth $250, were awarded to Christi Beddiges, 16-year-old daughter of Paul and Peggy Beddiges of Lehighton; and Sarah Kistler, 17-year-old daughter of Rick and Kim Kistler of Lehighton.

The Alumni Scholarships, each worth $250, were awarded to Katelyn Hosler, 14-year-old daughter of Martha Hosler and granddaughter of Jim and Katherine Hosler of Lehighton; and Tiffany Erney, 18-year-old daughter of Elizabeth Erney of Jim Thorpe.

Awards were also presented for perfect attendance, 5- and 10-year anniversary, split club, studio spirit, most helpful parent and best team work.

Dance with Kim will host its 25th anniversary recital on June 16 at Lehighton Area High School. For more information, go to www.dancewithkim.com or call (610) 377-4884.