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Dance Companies Earn Top Scores at BravO!

On the weekend of April 6th and 7th, Astra dance companies attended BravO! National Talent Competition in Tolland alongside dancers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

The jazz and lyrical company's routine Through the Eyes of a Child took home first place in junior small groups, earned a platinum score, and received a choreography award. While their jazz routine, Proud Mary earned an elite high gold and placed sixth overall in junior small groups. The acro company's routine, Full Moon earned a platinum and took second overall in junior small groups. The tap company received an elite high gold and the judges costume award for their routine, Mario Kart.

Soloist Jillian P. scored a platinum, placed second in teen solos, and received a special judges award for "dramatic performance". Emma G. earned an elite high gold and a special judges award, "props for props". Soloists Callie A, Elleyana B, Vivi H, and Victoria L all took home elite high golds for their performances.

Dance Companies Take Home Regional Championship!

Students from Astra Studio dance companies attended the New Haven Regional Step Up 2 Dance Competition that was held on the weekend of March 2-3. Astra’s students competed alongside dancers from the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the greater New York area at the meet.

Astra Studio’s acro company brought home the regional championship for the Junior Division. Astra’s routine Full Moon received a high platinum score, in addition to placing first in its category and first in the division. The jazz and lyrical company earned a platinum for their lyrical routine Through the Eyes of a Child, along with a double gold for their jazz routine Proud Mary. Both routines placed first in their categories. Astra’s tap company received a double gold and placed first in its category for its Mario Kart routine. 

Elleyana B. was the crowned the regional high score soloist in the Young Division. She earned a high platinum for her open routine Zero to Hero, placing first in her category and first in the division. Jillian P. scored high platinum for her open solo Once Upon a Dream, placing first in the category and seventh in the Teen Division. Emma G. received a platinum for her musical theatre routine Model Behavior, finishing first in her category. Vivi H. earned a double gold for her lyrical routine Wanderer’s Lullaby and placed first in her category. Callie A. earned a double gold for her tap routine Sing and placed first in the category. Her lyrical routine The Last Goodbye received a double gold and placed fourth in the category. Victoria L. earned a high gold for her open solo The Story Never Ends, placing third in the category.

Also at the event, Astra Studio was honored as an outstanding dance studio for its artistic style and innovative choreography.

Dance Companies Compete at Starbound!

On the weekend of February 9th and 10th, students attended the Starbound Talent Competition at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. They competed alongside dancers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the greater New York area.

Students earned three Elite Golds, which is Starbound's highest adjudicated award, as well as seven High Golds and one Gold. Four routines placed in the top 10 of their respective divisions.

The inagural Acro Company scored an Elite Gold and placed 4th in the junior division. The Lyrical/Jazz Company performed two routines, with the Lyrical routine scoring a Gold and the Jazz routine earning a High Gold. The Tap Company also brought home a High Gold.

First year soloist Elleyana B. earned an Elite Gold and placed 5th in the petite division. Soloist Emma G. brought home an Elite Gold, placed 5th in the pre-teen division and was invited to perform in the Starbound Nationals opening number at Foxwoods in June. First time soloist Vivi H. scored a High Gold, placed 9th in the pre-teen division, and was also invited to perform in the Starbound Nationals opening number at Foxwoods in June. Soloist Jillian P. earned a High Gold. First year soloist Victoria L. scored a High Gold. Soloist Callie A. performed two routines, one Lyrical and one Tap. She brought home High Gold awards for both routines.

Students Attend NADAA Workshop

On Sunday, January 13th, several Astra students attended the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts' workshop in Springfield, MA. Students took classes with industry professionals in ballet, tap, jazz, and commercial dance. Emerson A. and Jillian P. both received scholarship nominations.

Students Perform at Estuary Center

On December 27th, Astra dancers put on a holiday-themed performance at the Old Saybrook Estuary Center. Students performed several groups, duets, and solos in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, and acrobatics. Congrats to all on your wonderful performances!

Torchlight Parade

On Saturday, December 8th, Astra students marched in Old Saybrook's annual torchlight parade!

Students Attend NADAA Workshop

On Sunday, November 18th several Astra students attended the  National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts' workshop in Springfield, MA. Students took classes with industry professionals in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theatre. Elleyana B., Sadie H., and Isadora S. all received scholarship nominations.