LINX dancers take National honors

Eve Gatto of LINX Dance Studio Wins Junior Miss Starbound Award 2017.

LINX Dance Studio won awards at Starbound National Talent Competition’s 2017 National Finals June 25-28 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. LINX dancers ages 8-16 competed with more than 10 other talented dance studios across MA, NY and NJ during the three full days of competition. While LINX attended regionals in previous years, this was their first time at Starbound’s National Final Tour.

“I am very proud of the season these dancers have had. They truly showed how much they have improved and grown over the year. Having overall placements in a National Finals is a hard feat and they succeeded. I think their hard work and dedication shined on stage through their dancing and with the awards they won,” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley. “They had great sportsmanship and cheered other studio dancers on, wishing them good luck. They got the opportunity to compete at a very challenging level, as many of the studios won top regional awards during the year.”

LINX’s performance of "Stimela" won highest score in the Senior Elite Duo/Trio Contemporary category, received a special judges award for “Great Musicality,” and placed first overall for Senior Elite Duos/Trios for the entire competition.

Some of LINX’s dancers were invited to perform at the “Winner’s Performance” on the last day of Nationals, where they danced a routine one last time, cheered on by the judges. One of the judges gave "Stimela" (Elite Co. trio) a standing ovation, adding to the excitement of an already memorable week.

Three LINX dancers were honored to take part in the “Miss Star of Hope” program, a rewarding banquet style event with all proceeds donated to the Dancers Care Foundation.

More awards for LINX dancers included:

• Junior Miss Starbound
• New Face finalist
• Highest scoring Junior Pre-Teen Elite Solo (Jazz division)
• First place overall Junior Pre-Teen Soloist
• Fifth overall for Petite Junior Competitive Solos
• Second place in Little Miss Starbound title category (age 8 and under)
• 10th overall in Junior Elite Solos
• High Golds and Elite Golds as adjudicated awards for solos, duos, and small groups

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