Hoffman Stars Dance Company Shines Bright at Regional Competition
Hoffman Estates Park District's, Hoffman Stars Dance Company, took home many awards Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the regional Dance Idol Competition in Des Plaines, Illinois including first place for the Senior Company's jazz routine.
"This has been a challenging year but our dancers and teachers worked very hard in preparation for this competition. It takes a lot of practice, time and dedication to be competition-ready but they were up to the challenge," stated Jessica Karbowski, Dance coordinator for Dance at Hoffman Estates Park District.
Hoffman Stars Dance Company participate in one small group competition. Company 2, ages 11-12, received a silver, and won the "Workin' It" judges' award. Company 2 members included Andrea Avilan, Sophia Berichon, Briana Dawson, Cailin Hopkins and Jasmine Reyes.
Company 1 dancers, Kylie Hopkins, Victoria Kersting, and Lily Shure performed a dance trio and received 6th place in their category. The company 1 trio also received the judges' "Dream Girls Award."
Competing in the 16-19 age bracket, Senior Company, took 1st for their jazz trio, "Wanna Be Larger Than Life." Senior Company dancers Cami Colaprete, Abby Knapp, and Natalie McHone also performed a contemporary trio called "Powerful," and won the "Dynamic Trio" judges' award.
Hoffman Stars Dance Company competed in the Luminary level which requires 1 to 3 hours of dance or rehearsal practice each week.
Karbowski added, "The competition was really tough this year. We are proud of how our students represented the community and the park district. Our dance instructors, Kelsey Nebl and Missy Baxter choreographed amazing dances and really inspired our students to succeed."
Hoffman Estates Park District offers dance instruction for ages 3 years to adult and competition dance for ages 5-18 years. Tryouts for Hoffman Stars Dance Company will be in mid-August at Triphahn Center and Ice Arena, Hoffman Estates.
For information, call Jessica Karbowski at (847) 285-5431 or visit www.heparks.org/programs-sports/arts-dance.