Hennessey’s dance studio, RedLevé Dance, participated in the Encore Performing Arts National Dance Competition on June 26th and 27th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event lasted a week, starting on Sunday, June 23rd, and ending on Thursday, June 27th. Over a thousand performances took place, featuring dancers from various age groups and dance companies from all over the U.S. RedLevé showcased 3 group performances in the Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Jazz styles, as well as seven solo routines in Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, and Acro.

Their group performances achieved placements in the Top 10 for their division, with their Jazz routine placing 5th, Contemporary routine placing 6th, and Hip-Hop routine placing 7th. Their Hip-Hop performance additionally received the Nationals Encore Spirit Award. Each solo performance received Ultra High Gold or High Gold recognition, and Nataly Valles received a special Judges award for bringing the sass! Senior dancer Karci Vadder placed 9th overall in the senior division.

This was the studio’s first national dance competition, allowing their dancers to perform on a bigger stage and compete at a higher level. Despite being a small studio from a rural community, they successfully showcased their talent alongside dance companies from across the U.S.