NYCDA Buffalo 2023 Success!!!

Mar 21, 2023

NYCDA Convention and Competition Success!!!

Congratulations to all of our dancers who attended NYCDA in Buffalo this past weekend. In case you missed it here are some of the highlights.


Mini Solos

Sadie Cheshire     Platinum     14th Place

Anna Nucelli       Platinum      3rd Place

Marko Kokovic   Platinum     2nd Place


Junior Solos

Natalie Wildenhaus   Platinum    6th Place

Anna Shin                  Platinum     15th Place

Gabby Wilson            Platinum


Teen Solos

Summer Kroll              Platinum     30th Place

Vittoria Santonastaso   Platinum

Lundyn Blackman       Platinum

Lilly Hall                     Platinum      3rd Place

Kate Shin                     Platinum      29th Place

Lilly Gauss                  Platinum

Sam Gauss                   Platinum      4th Place

Evelyn Chadbourne     High Gold

Isabella Ginerva           Platinum       7th Place

Nathan Talledo            Platinum        30th Place

Siena Ardizzone          Platinum

Emily Jonason             Platinum     12th Place

Gwendolyn Nellis        Platinum     24th Place

Emily Talledo              Platinum


Senior Solos

Paige Smith                    Platinum

Alexandra Rachunok     Platinum

Natalie Sheehan            Platinum

Ava Palerimo                  Platinum        22nd Place

Sophie Brown                Platinum        20th Place

Victoria Rynkowski       Platinum       13th Place

Ella Lippa                        Platinum        11th Place

Celena McElliot             Platinum       10th Place

Melissa Harvey             Platinum         8th Place

Bella Railey                    Platinum        7th Place

Alina Railey                   Platinum          4th Place


Senior Duet

No Woman, No Cry     Platinum      3rd Place


Senior Line Contemporary Group

Is This A Dagger?        Platinum       1st Senior Contemporary Group

1st Senior Line Group

Senior Critic Choice Award


Convention Awards

Mini Outstanding Dancer Runner Ups: Rhauri Samuels, Anna Nucelli

Mini Outstanding Dancer: Marko Kokovic


Junior Outstanding Dancer Runner Ups: Anna Shin, Gabby Wilson, Natalie Wildenhaus


Teen Outstanding Dancer Runner Ups: Nathan Talledo, Gwendolyn Nellis

Teen Outstanding Dancers: Sam Gauss, Lilly Hall, Isabella Ginerva


Senior Outstanding Dancer Runner Ups: Victoria Rynkowski, Alina Railey, Bella Railey, Celena McElliot, Natalie Sheehan, Sophie Brown, Ella Lippa


Ballet Class Scholarship: Nathan Talledo, Ella Lippa, Victoria Rynkowski, Bella Railey, Alina Railey, Anna Nucelli, Anna Shin, Natalie Wildenhaus


Tap Class Scholarship: Lundyn Blackman


Hip Hop Class Scholarship: Rhauri Samuels, Paige Smith


Junior Intensive Standout Award: Julian Shand


Teen Intensive Standout Award: Lundyn Blackman


Rising Star Award: Marko Kokovic, Lundyn Blackman


Teen Steps on Broadway Scholarship: Nathan Talledo


PerriDance Workshop Scholarship: Victoria Rynkowski


Hubbard Street Scholarship: Victoria Rynkowski


We thank NYCDA for having us and gifting our dancers with an experience they will never forget!


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