“VS. Dance Competition. Battle,” which premiered on Friday, September 16, features different dance studios competing against each other in a variety of different dance styles in the first season of the online show.
Footworks was one of 30 studios selected from thousands of entries.
Studio owner Krystie Serviss said she was excited and shocked when she learned the studio had been selected.
“We were really proud because it helps show the dancers that all their hard work has paid off,” Serviss said. “Put their dancing aside, put their talent aside, I’m really lucky with these girls. They are fantastic in every way, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.
SHOWCASE OF STARS
DanceBUG, an organization that offers a plethora of dance services, studio and recital services, and competition services, has contacted all of the studios that have been involved with the organization about the show.
Interested studios were invited to fill out a questionnaire and send in videos of past dances.
Each week, DanceBUG will draw five studios at random and show their filmed videos, allowing the judges to give their opinion, then let the public vote. The show will also include excerpts from video interviews with some studio dancers.
Ayla Carroll, 14, who has been dancing for 12 years, said she was delighted to take part in the show.
“I love dancing because all the people are really supportive and it really helps me develop my passion,” Carroll said. “It’s really cool to be on the show, because it’s a way to show the hard work we’ve done, and it’s really well paid for everything we’ve done.”
Isabella Ward, 17, got involved in dance when she was just 3 years old and has been at Footworks for her entire dancing career.
“It’s just an outlet to really let myself express myself and feel free,” she said.
Thirteen-year-old Sophie Catanzariti, who has been dancing since she was 5, said her favorite part of dancing and competing at the studio was cheering on her teammates and getting them supported as well.
The 24 dancers competing in Footworks are between the ages of 8 and 18.
Dance videos include a few different varieties of performances such as musical, contemporary, and lyrical theater.
Serviss said the show is good exposure for both the studio and its dancers, also giving the performers validation for their hard work, with most of them working to hone their skills in the studio from a young age.
The show will air live at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Interested people can watch and vote on the DanceBUG app or website.
Footworks was established to provide quality performing arts education to the local community.
Serviss said the studio has something for everyone, offering competitive and recreational classes.
Dancers start as young as 18 months and go all the way up to adults. Class options include combo classes, single genre, creative movement, aerial silks, acrobatics, ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary and musical theater.
Serviss said she had a talented team of staff who helped her teach classes and worked primarily with competitive students.
The instructor said she tries to set her students up for success as they leave the studio with core values such as self-motivation, trust, reliability, discipline and teamwork.
“I want them to leave here not just being good dancers, but being good human beings,” she said of her ultimate goal for the students.
Serviss is no stranger to what it takes to succeed in the world of dance.
She started dancing when she was just 3 years old and started competing when she was in seventh grade. She then earned her dance degree from Slippery Rock University.
The studio owner moved from Long Island, New York, to Clermont in 2012 and taught at a dance studio while also working at Disney, until she made the transition in 2016 to teach at Footworks.
When the studio’s former owner decided to retire, Serviss knew it was his chance to pursue a lifelong dream and took over the studio in August 2019, just before the pandemic hit.
Although owning the studio was challenging, the instructor said it was also rewarding.
“Since I was little, my goal was to open my own studio,” she said. “I really can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I love working with children; I love to create. … It’s really my passion.
Serviss said she would like to expand the studio, as space is at her capacity, as well as expand and recruit more students.
The dancers are currently working on new content for their upcoming competition season, which runs from January to May.
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