Award winning season for local dancers
Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts in Lehighton was named most entertaining studio at the Lehigh Valley Dance Challenge in Allentown recently. Awards were presented to the DWK IMPACT Dance Teams, which earned awards in the following categories.
The Mini IMPACT Dance Team received gold awards and first place awards in ballet, tap and jazz. The team also received the highest scoring group in the 8 and under category for tap.
The Junior IMPACT Dance Team received high gold awards in ballet, tap and jazz, first place for ballet and tap and second place for jazz. They received a special recognition award entitled "Ridiculous Rhythms" for tap. They were the second highest scoring group in the 9-11 age division in tap and third highest scoring group with their jazz.
The Senior IMPACT Dance Team received high gold in contemporary, jazz and tap and a gold in ballet. They were awarded first place in jazz and tap and second place in contemporary and ballet.
At the Starbound Talent Competition held in Scranton, the newly-formed Itty Bitty IMPACT Dance Team received a gold in tap, high gold in ballet and elite gold for jazz. The Mini IMPACT Dance Team received gold in ballet, high gold in jazz and elite gold for tap. They were also awarded the highest scoring overall petite group.
The Junior IMPACT Dance Team scored gold in ballet and hip hop and a high gold in jazz and tap. The team's jazz was fourth and tap was third place overall highest scoring junior group.
The Senior IMPACT Dance Team received gold awards for ballet and hip hop. Hip hop received a 10th place overall highest scoring senior group award. They were awarded a high gold in jazz, placing fifth overall and their contemporary and tap both received an elite gold, placing third overall with their contemporary, and second overall in tap.
At the All American Talent Awards in Scranton, the director of Dance with Kim in Lehighton, Kim Semmel, was awarded the outstanding teacher award and the DWK studio was awarded the studio recognition award for highest number of high scores of the competition.
The Junior IMPACT Dance Team scored high gold in ballet, platinum in hip hop and jazz and high platinum in tap. Each group received a high score award with the Junior IMPACT Team being named junior small group Champion.
The Senior IMPACT Dance Team scored platinum in ballet and hip hop and high platinum in contemporary, jazz and tap.
Each group received a high score award with the Senior IMPACT Dance Team being named senior large group champion.
At the Starquest Competition held in Lancaster, the Junior IMPACT Dance Team scored gold in ballet, jazz, and hip hop. They scored high gold in tap. The Senior IMPACT Team scored gold in hip hop, high gold in ballet, contemporary and jazz and platinum in tap.
The Dance with Kim dancers will be featured in the 25th Annual Anniversary Production "LIVE 2 DANCE" at Lehighton Area High School next month.