UNION, NJ – Dancers from Union’s Harmony Dance Ensemble took home “High Platinum” scores and a regional win at last weekend’s StepUp2Dance Competition in Millstone.

“After all competitions were canceled last year due to COVID-19, the team came back in full force,” said DeeDee Mayland Woodard (Miss DeeDee), Artistic Director and owner of Harmony Dance Center. “I’m so proud of these dancers for their hard work and dedication to their art during this challenging year.”

Participating dancers int he competition included Ciara Cook of Vauxhall, and Jordyn Curry, Taylor Curry, and Kayla Grant of Union.  Dancers from other towns included Nyla Ashley of Piscataway, Nuriya Baptiste from Perth Amboy, Khamisah Crews, Massada Crews, and Shahadah Crews from Irvington, Kirsten Handcock and Hannah Elisabeth Rolle-Burnside of Hillside, and Kaylin Subero-Gonzalez from Elizabeth.

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The team performed four dance routines choreographed by Harmony Dance Center faculty members Tasia Brown, Serenity Simmons, and T'Keyah Slaten, all former students of Mayland-Woodard.  The four pieces ranged from modern and lyrical, to jazz and hip hop.

Competition scoring for the team:

· "Coping," a modern dance choregraphed by Slaten: 1st Place High Platinum.

· "Trouble of the World," a lyrical dance choreographed by Brown: 2nd Place High Platinum.

· "Guess Who," a hip hop dance choreographed by Simmons: 1st Place High Platinum.

· "Black & Gold," a jazz dance choreographed by Simmons: 1st Place High Platinum.

· Harmony Dance Center received the Versatility Award from 'Step Up 2 Dance' for their “versatility, uniqueness, and variety of choreography.”

Harmony Dance Ensemble is a performing company comprised of dancers ages 10-18, who audition annually to be a part of the team, along with taking at least three dance classes at Harmony Dance Center.