Dance academy garners awards

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  • Pizazz! Dance Academy Elite Team received the prized top score award Photos courtesy of Pizazz!

  • Standing, from left: Devin Meggiolaro and Amanda Mudrick. Bottom row, from left: Talia Greenwood, Lauren Mudrick, Katie Molini.

HIGHLAND LAKES — Pizazz! Dance Academy Elite Team received the prized top score award, #1 Ranked Champion from Star Dance Alliance Power Rankings for the entire NJ/PA Region. Their Lyrical Group entry, "Reflection", danced by: Talia Greenwood, Devan Meggiolaro, Katie Molin and Amanda Mudrick (sub for injured, Isabella Ferreri), received the highest ranking to win Nexstar National Dance Regional Competition in Sparta, NJ. The choreographer, Lauren Mudrick, won a Nexstar Choreography Award. The group also received the coveted Golden Ticket and invitation to the World Dance Competition. These awards are the only way to be eligible to compete in the World Dance Competition.

The 4th annual World Dance Championship was held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center on Tuesday, August 1st. Pizazz! Elite team competed as Semi-Finalists, along side 27 studios from France, Japan, England and numerous states throughout the United States. The competition was on an official live broadcast/USTREAM on their website for all to watch and cheer for their competitors.

Pizazz! Dance Academy was formed in 2010 and operates with the philosophy, "Every child should have the chance to dance." Further information can be obtained about the top score and World Dance Competition at or by calling 201-452-4282.

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