RISE Dance Company recognized at the American Dance Awards

The RISE Dance Company. Front row, from left to right: Ellie Thomas, Imani Hall, Ava Vought, Annabelle Cutrer, Alison Custer, Josey Sylva, Mia Jeffers, Amelia Craig, Molly Baldino Back row from left to right: Isabelle Custer, Lizzie Williamson, Emma Baldino, Chloe Hoff, Maggie Burke, Lauren Pagliccia, Alyssa Strelecki. – Courtesy RISE

Vineyard dancers ages 5 through 16 from RISE Vineyard Performing Arts performed over 25 pieces of choreography at the American Dance Awards competition on March 14 and 15. The group began preparing back in August, when New York dancer/choreographer Christina Belinsky set group and solo choreography on the dancers during her two-week residency. Company dancers also performed works from current RISE faculty Julie Chapnick, Tiffany Chanelle, and Jil Matrisciano.

The company brought home a total of two group Overall Awards, seven Special Awards, five Ultimate Gold, 20 Gold, and two High Silver medals, on an adjudication scale that has six places, ranging from Bronze to Ultimate Gold. RISE 2015 Dance Company members include Skyler Amaral, Emma Baldino, Molly Baldino, Pandora Bassett, Susanna Becchio, Ashley Biggs, Kamryn Bishop, Addison Blake, Maggie Burke, Cassie Casey, Chloe Combra, Lily Combra, Amelia Craig, Alison Custer, Isabelle Custer, Annabelle Cutrer, Alison Gatchell, Imani Hall, Chloe Hoff, Taylor Jackson, Mia Jeffers, Felicity Lepine, Anna Nitardy, Lauren Pagliccia, Emma Searle, Josey Sylva, Ellie Thomas, and Ava Vought.

The 2015 Dance Company will be presenting their competitive choreography at the RISE annual showcase performance held on Sunday, March 29, at 5 pm at the Oak Bluffs School auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door, and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call RISE at 508-693-2262.