One local dance studio is making their second appearance in the World Dance Championships where they will compete against the best of the best from across the United States.
39 young ladies from Arielettes have competed all year long trying to get a golden ticket to have the chance to represent the tri-state area at the World Dance Competition in New Jersey.
Last year, they received 4 golden tickets, making their first ever appearance at the competition, finishing in 4th and 5th place overall.
“When they called two of our routines to re-compete I literally fell on the floor crying,” Owner and Dance Instructor Missi Ross says.
This year they received double that amount getting 8 golden tickets where they will have another shot at competing for the big trophy.
But what really makes this competition so special is how hard it is to even get there.
“At worlds on the beginner level the intermediate and the advance level these are only the 3 highest scorers of every competition across the United States so you couldn’t be in the middle and be there you had to be the top three to even be even invited to go,” Ross says.
To have this honor for a second year in a row is something all of these students are excited about.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing who’s there and who we are going to be up against and just all the fun we are going to have,” Dancer Laddie Ross says.
“I’m looking forward to see if we can try and get first place,” Dancer Morgan Skariot adds.
“I just think its so amazing how such little kids can do such big things.”
But these amazing opportunities wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for all of their hard work and dedication.
“We push the kids because we love them,” Missi says. “They are always saying if Missi’s not yelling it means she doesn’t care anymore.”
and it’s that same love that makes this local dance team stand out on the stage year after year.
“You can tell we love each other on stage,” Maddie says. “We aren’t just a dance team and I think that’s what we show on stage how much of a family we are.”
The competition will be held August 3rd through the 8th.
You can follow the girls progress by visiting the Arielettes Facebook page.