Huddled over a wooden aircraft that was built exclusively for their routine, the senior dance group members of World of Dance studio pose majestically as their instructor guides them to look softly into the air.
Every move the dancers make is with grace and poise. It is their discipline, both on the dance floor and off, that led to them being ranked among the top 50 dance studios in the country.
Danielle Cuzdey, owner of World of Dance, said there are six different teams of dancers at World of Dance, beginning at 18 months old and going all the way up to adulthood. The youngest team is predominantly made up of 3-year-olds, she said. In addition to the six teams, there are also two hip-hop teams that practice regularly.
The techniques taught in the studio range from ballet to tap and contemporary.
Last year, the Federation of Dance was formed and began judging competitions and assigning each number, or dance routine, a certain number of points. The points from the entire year of competitions are then added up. The studios with the highest number of points are then placed in the top 50 among other studios in the nation.
World of Dance placed 28th last year an announcement that was made in August. This August, the Federation of Dance will be announcing the winners in Las Vegas. Two individuals from World of Dance will be present when they announce the winners.
Cuzdey said she is hoping that this year, the studio will do even better, though she is happy that the studio has made it this far two years in a row. She also said that it's great to be representing the Capital District in the top 50 after beating several other local studios.
Anybody who competes in the area can be involved in this," she said.