Dawn Crafton Dance Connection
My name is Ryan Vyskocil and I am 16 years old. At the age of 4, I began dancing tap and jazz at the Dawn Crafton Dance Studio. When I came to my first Tremaine convention in the junior room, I was introduced to even more genres of dance and I fully realized the importance of ballet training as a foundation for all types of dance. Since then, I’ve always tried to broaden my scope of dance training by learning from different teachers and different styles of dance. I appreciate the wonderful weekends training with Tremaine and how it has helped shape me into the dancer and man I am today. It is truly an honor to be selected as the 2017-2018 Senior Male Dancer of the Year. I cannot thank Mr. Joe Tremaine and the faculty enough for this amazing opportunity. Heartfelt thanks to my family and friends for supporting me and believing in me since the beginning. I would like to thank Dawn Crafton and all of my teachers and choreographers for their support and guidance throughout my dance training. I am ever so grateful to Tremaine for the opportunity to learn and improve my dancing this coming year under the direction of the best of the best. It is my plan to dance professionally and only time will tell where that will take me. By training in all styles, I plan to keep my options open from commercial to concert work to maybe even Broadway. I will continue to work hard to fulfill my goals and expand my knowledge in dance whenever possible. I’m excited to keep training and learning from Tremaine and to share my passion with all dancers on the upcoming tour. I can’t wait for the year ahead!
My name is Nevaeh Meraz and I am a 16 year old dancer from DanceZone. I am very thankful to my director, Shelia Milner, for helping me become more confident and grow into the artist I am today. Tremaine was my very first dance convention to go to when I was 6 years old and I have always had a special place in my heart and a strong connection to this incredible convention. I have been on the Tremaine Performance Company for the past 2 years and truly believe that dance training is life training! Tremaine has changed my life and inspired me to work hard and believe in myself. My hope is that I will be able to inspire other dancers to always work hard and overcome their fears. I am honored to represent Tremaine as the 2017-2018 Senior Female Dancer of the Year!
The Future Dance Center
Denise & Gino Vaccaro
My name is Collin Molloy, I am 15 years old, and attend The Future Dance Center. I have been dancing since I was two, but took a few years off from dance to do gymnastics. I started dance because my grandma owned a dance studio and my mom worked there, so I was basically born into it. Although I was put into dance, I am so glad I was, because up on stage you are able to entertain and inspire anyone in the audience. Outside of dance I enjoy acting, art and swimming. I am so excited for the year ahead with this opportunity as the 2017-2018 Teen Male Dance of the Year.
Joan Bartoletti & Julie Bartoletti Brown
My name is Madison Maret. I am so honored to have been selected as Tremaine’s Teen Dancer of the Year for 2017-2018. I began taking dance lessons at Dance FX at the age of 4. My grandmother, Joan Maret, had been a tap teacher at Dance FX when the studio opened 21 years ago. Having a grandmother as a dance teacher (and a former June Taylor dancer), it was a pretty safe bet that there would be dance lessons in my future. Little did I know back then that dance would become such a huge part of my life and introduce me to so many incredible opportunities. At Dance FX, I study ballet, jazz, lyrical, acro, tap, hip hop, contemporary and pointe. In addition to taking classes, I get to be an assistant in class and work with younger dancers. This gives me the opportunity to share my passion for dance with the next generation. I plan on pursuing a career in dance after I graduate from high school, where I am currently an incoming freshman. I auditioned for the Tremaine Performance Company three years ago and being a part of TPC has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have traveled to many different cities, and with each convention, I continue to grow as a dancer and a person. The Tremaine Performance Company and faculty have taught me so much. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of such an amazing experience. Being chosen as Teen DOTY is an opportunity I am so grateful for. It means more of everything — more dance, more experiences, more learning, more new friends, more passion and more TREMAINE. The Tremaine faculty and TPC members are an inspiration to me, and I am honored to be Teen DOTY. A special thanks to the Dance FX teachers, choreographers and fellow dancers who have made such an impact on me and helped shape me as a dancer. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without them.
Dance Extreme Academy
My name is Tj Beal and I am 10 years old. I have been dancing for about 5 years now and my favorite style is hip hop and tap, with jazz and contemporary coming in for a close second! When I was 5, my mom took me to one hip hop class a week because I was always dancing around the house and making up my own moves from YouTube. That lasted about 2 seasons until I saw the competition kids rehearsing. I was so intrigued and knew I had to try it. So when I was 7, I went to my very 1st competition (Tremaine), with my very 1st solo, and was hooked. It was because of Temaine that I started this journey and now I am the 2017-18 Junior DOTY. It is beyond belief. I now dance 6 days a week, am part of our company competition team and attend as many convention classes as possible. When I’m not dancing I love going to the skate park on my scooter, swimming and hanging out with friends. I have an older sister and a younger brother who I hope will follow in my foot steps. I also have many pets including a donkey, cow, horses, pigs and chickens, and they are the coolest things ever! I look forward to dancing alongside so many talented young dancers and the amazing teachers. This is going to be a year I will never forget. Thank you!
Machita Dance Company
West Baton Rouge, LA
My name is Ella Grace Cunningham and I am 11 years old. I live on a farm with my parents, my older sister and my younger brother. I began dancing nine years ago and I truly love my dance family at Machita Dance Company. There, I spend hours of training each week in ballet, contemporary, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and tumbling classes, with my favorite styles being jazz and contemporary. When I am not dancing (or feeding and watering our chickens), I enjoy swimming, fishing and spending time with my family & friends. I am honored to be chosen as Tremaine’s 2017-18 Junior Female Dancer of the Year and excited about the journey ahead. To dance under the instruction of Tremaine’s talented faculty and with an amazing performance crew is an opportunity of a lifetime and a dream come true. I look forward to new challenges and making new friendships. I pray I am able to positively impact and “give back” to other dancers what has been given to me – inspiration, hope & encouragement!