Students from a UAE-based performing arts company really stepped up to the mark and brought home a haul of medals from an international competition.
Twenty dancers from StepUp Academy in Motor City, aged between 7 and 18, won seven awards, including three golds and four high silvers, at the World Dance Competition, the premier dance championships, in Florida, USA.
Competing in a wide range of categories, including jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre, StepUp Academy also finished third overall in the Junior Intermediate category with their lyrical dance, “Footprints in the Sand”, which was choreographed by the academy’s director Vicky Lovering.
A judge’s special award was also given to StepUp Academy’s team for their production dance “All around the World”.
Lovering, who organised the trip alongside the academy’s head of events, Fiona Shields, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of our girls and want to say a huge thank you to them for all their hard work and commitment and to their parents for their support in making this happen. Success like this doesn’t happen overnight and it’s been an enormous team effort and we strive together to get better each day.”
StepUp Academy, which was founded in 2011, offers classes to adults and children from 19 locations in Dubai.