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Local dance studio earns national ranking

In the competitions, some numbers are done in teams while other dancers perform solo. Aside from being placed in the top 50, the studio is also being recognized by Kids Artistic Review, a Web site that allows viewers to see different dance numbers and vote for the best on the site. One dance studio is chosen to represent each city, Cuzdey explained, so that the viewers technically vote on the city, with one winner coming out in the end.

World of Dance was chosen to represent two cities on that site, Cuzdey said: Albany and Springfield, Mass. The numbers, which qualified them to represent the two cities were "Slow Me Down" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane," which is also the number that qualified them for the top 50.

"I think it's awesome that we're in the top 50," said Skyler Bell, 15, a student at Bethlehem Central High School.

Bell said she was with the studio last year when it placed 28 in the country and was proud then, and is proud now of the hard work that she and her fellow dancers endured to achieve recognition. "Trying to get up there and trying to work our hardest," was the hardest part of these competitions, she said.

"I'm still shocked that we got in there," she said. "It shows our dance teachers really want us to work hard."

Fifteen-year-old Lauren Stockli, of Columbia High School, said she was unable to be a part of many competitions last year because she had broken a toe, but that she is very happy to be a part of this year's ranking.

"It's very exciting that all the hard work has paid off," she said.

She described her teachers as "very motivating," and when asked where she thinks the studio will place in the top 50, she said, "We're hoping for the best."

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