JSOD had a jam-packed summer of fun! The weekend right after recital, JSOD took 22 dancers and staff members to the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing (TATD) annual convention at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel in Richardson, Texas. Dancers and teachers took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater from top choreographers and master teachers from all over the country. They danced for over five hours for four days straight! At the convention’s performance night, the dancers did an outstanding job performing “Gatsby” and “JSODivaz” from our 2014 recital.
JSOD definitely shined at the Awards Banquet where Amelia Bachofen, 16, was awarded the Best All Around Senior Scholarship; Megan Condon, 15, was awarded the Senior Hip Hop Scholarship; Sydney Rokas, 14, was awarded a runner-up for the Senior Ballet Scholarship; and Chloe Walker, 13, was awarded a runner-up for Junior Tap Scholarship. Cameron Gradel graciously accepted a TATD Merit Scholarship and delivered a beautiful speech.
Great news – TATD will be in Waco next summer, June 21–24, at the Waco Convention Center! We highly encourage all JSOD dancers going into 5th grade and up to attend next summer in our hometown! Circle those dates on your calendar, and we will distribute more information to students soon.