The past year has not been an easy one for the budding young dancers at Elevate Dance Center, having to shift from Zoom lessons to a hybrid model to back to Zoom to comply with COVID-19 regulations.
But throughout it all, the dancers kept on dancing. It paid off in a big way for them as Elevate Dance Center swept the Rainbow Dance Competition held March 19 to 21 in Reno, Nevada.
Elevate’s 28-member team performed 38 routines and received 32 Platinum awards, six Double Platinum awards, two first-place awards, one second place award, nine top 10 overall awards, the prestigious Al Gilbert Award for excellence in tap dancing, and the highest tap scoring routine for the weekend.
“We were so proud of them,” instructor Jennifer Daugavietis said. “We hadn’t seen a stage in almost two years because (of the COVID restrictions). The last time we had been on a stage was our recital in 2019.”
When the team last prepared for a competition in March 2020, half of the team were in San Mateo and received the call that the county would be implementing its shelter-at-home orders, prompting the competition to be canceled.
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