DSD News


January 2019

Six brave advanced dancers auditioned for the Rockette's Summer Intensive programs to start the year off with a high kick! All agreed that it was a great experience. We will hear back soon if any of these lovely ladies will have an opportunity to study with the Rockettes this summer. Previously, we have had two students attend the mini-intensive.


November 2018

New York City was a great experience for DSD's seniors once again. They enjoyed watching the Rockettes dance at Radio City Music Hall, then had an opportunity to dance themselves at the Broadway Dance Center. In addition to seeing the sights, they went ice skating and paid their respects at the 911 Memorial.

June 2018 

Our 7th trip to Walt Disney World featured a fabulous evening performance by...Dawn's School of Dance! Shortly after submitting our audition video, our Senior classes were invited to participate in Disney Performing Arts Onstage, and asked to perform later than we ever have before on the Disney Springs Waterside Stage. The result was an awesome crowd and fantastic lights to make our show even more spectacular! Participants also visited Walt Disney World parks and had the opportunity to participate in a workshop taught by a professional Disney performer and choreographer.

Disney 2018 group photo

March 2018

DSD's Dance Team had an awesome showing at the Southeast Showdown Competition. The Musical theatre routine placed 1st, the Senior Lyrical placed 2nd, and the Junior Lyrical received Elite Gold placement. Kathryn Soule and Ashanti Ellis both placed in the top 8 out of 19 other soloist for their solo pieces. Isabella Deem’s solo placed 2nd and then also received the 2nd highest score for the entire day in her division (out of over 100 routines she placed 2nd!). Ashlee Powell and Kathryn Soule’s duet placed 4th overall in their category. Last but certainly not least, Samantha Martin, McKenzie Lockett and Kathryn Soule we’re all three awarded “Southeast Showdown Dancer” awards. This is a special award that provides them the opportunity to go in June and compete and audition for the chance to become a “Legends Dancer” which encompasses many great opportunities. Kathryn Soule and Isabella Deem also earned an opportunity to compete at Nationals with their solos. Way to go!


December 2017

Twelve members of our Dance Team took the field at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, performing in an awesome half-time show routine. Students traveled by van to Florida and spent the week rehearsing and taking master classes with world-renowed choreographers, icluding DMAC, Sandoz and GiGi Torres. The game was held at the Miami Dolphin's Stadium and the routine, choreographed by Cris Judd, was danced during a performance by Andy Grammer. Finally they enjoyed some down time on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale and took a super fun dinner and dance cruise. We are so proud of these fantastic dancers!!!


November 2017

Another great time visiting the Big Apple! DSD's seniors saw the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, then had an opportunity to take a class at the Broadway Dance Center. Ice skating in Bryant Park was another highlight, and they had a great time seeing all the sights and eating all the food!

June 2017

Students of the year McKenzie Lockett and Samantha Martin auditioned for the Rockette's summer programs this winter, and then received an invitation to their mini-intensive. Both students were able to attend and travelled to NYC for the 3-day workshop June 22-24. They learned Rockettes routines as well as tips of the trade from their instrutors, who were veteran Rockettes. This awesome opportunity was a memorable trip! We are super proud of our mini-Rockettes!!!


April 2017

Our All-Start Tap Team participated in the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade again this year. Over 400 dancers from throughout the country participated, learning a moving routine that delighted the crowd! A great day for DSD in DC!


November 2016

Welcome to New York! DSD's seniors had a great trip to NYC. After seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall it was their chance to dance when they got the opportunity to take a class at the Broadway Dance Center. The rest of their time was spent sight-seeing and enjoying great food and other fun experiences like ice skating.


July 2016 

Dawn's School of Dance participated in National Dance Day, an event hosted by the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Students were encouraged to learn a short dance and submit a video to the Dizzy Feet Foundation along with students from across the country. This year it was presented by So You Think You Can Dance all-stars and Mackenzie Ziegler from Dance Moms. Our students met at the studio on July 30 to learn choreography and perform routine. Thanks to everyone who came out and participated. A special thank you to Madison Nguyen for organizing and hosting the event. The video looked great!


June 2016 

Dawn's School of Dance was invited to participate in Disney Performing Arts Onstage. Senior 1,2, and 3, Ballet and Jazz classes traveled by chartered bus to Florida in June of 2016. Students spent the week visiting Walt Disney World parks. They also had the opportunity to participate in a workshop taught by a professional Disney performer and choreographer. The week ended with students performing at the Waterside Amphitheater at Disney Springs. We are looking forward to our next trip to Disney during the summer of 2018.

Madison Jump

June 2016 

Our own Madison Nuygen won a $1000 Graduate for Mas Times Square Yearbook Scholarship for writing about her passion for dance. Her picture was displayed on a billboard in Times Square on June 8th with other students from across the United States who shared their ambitions and passions. We are excited that she was chosen to be part of this select community of extraordinary students. We were honored to accompany her on her trip to NYC to experience this moment. Madison is a rising Senior who participates in our Student Dance Company, is a member of our Competition Dance Team.


March 2016 

Dawn's School of Dance Competition Team dancers who had performed at the Russell Athletic Bowl were asked to dance on television for CBS's Virginia This Morning. The girls were asked to perform two numbers. They chose to showcase the pre-game show dance choreographed by Mandy Moore and a lyrical piece choreographed by our own Miss Tiffany Allen.


December 2015

Eight members of the Senior Competition Team and Student Dance Company performed at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando Florida. Students traveled by van to Florida on December 26, 2015. They spent the week rehearsing with famed choreographer Mandy Moore, best known for her work on Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. The girls also participated in dance workshops, and had the opportunity to spend two days at Universal Studios. The girls took the field with 220 dancers in front of 40,000 people to preform a pre-game routine with quest artists Nico and Vinz. They also performed in the half-time show with an 800 member marching band. The girls represented themselves, their parents, King William County and Dawn's School of the Dance wonderfully. We are very proud of these girls and all they have accomplished.

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