Pulse Dance Studio headed to national competition

By on June 30, 2015
Pulse Dance Studio’s teen, junior, senior and tap companies will represent Lancaster County in a national dance competition held in Orlando, Fla., July 6-10.

Pulse Dance Studio’s teen, junior, senior and tap companies will represent Lancaster County in a national dance competition held in Orlando, Fla., July 6-10.

 

Thirty dancers from the competition division at Pulse Dance Studio will compete in the prestigious Tremaine National Dance competition, which begins July 6 in Orlando, Fla.

The dancers earned the coveted spots after an impressive showing at the semi-finals competition, held in January in Washington, D.C. There, they competed in tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance and had to place in the top three to earn spots at the upcoming national competition. Pulse entered 13 numbers in the competition. 11 placed in the top three, including seven first places.

“It is a huge accomplishment to place in the top three, given the talent we were up against,” said Pulse Dance Studio owner Jen Olsen, adding that the competition featured advanced studios from Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. “I’m proud of our dancers and our instructors.”

In addition to the studio’s accomplishments at the semi-finals, Ephrata freshman Brooke Lutz also earned a full-year scholarship to dance across the country.

Part of the dancers’ success, according to Olsen, is rooted in her studio’s philosophy that competitive dancers have a sound foundation in ballet. This, she says, makes her dancers proficient in all the styles they compete in.

“We believe in giving our dancers a chance to be well-rounded,” Olsen explains. “Maintaining a balance between learning and having fun is also essential.”

This is a balance that Pulse has showcased since Olsen founded the studio eight years ago. Today, Pulse attracts students from more than 20 school districts to its new dance studio at 22 Wright Ave., Lititz — some traveling from as far away as West Chester.

The dancers have been practicing for the national event since January, compiling hours and hours of training. According to the girls, they’re ready.

“This is really special,” says Penn Manor junior, Katie Forrest, who took a few minutes in between a recent practice to talk about the upcoming competition. “We are like family. Our connection is strong, and we just keep getting better.”

This “family” connection, the dancers stress, is what gives them confidence and allows them to dance as one. Even though they are excited to compete at the national level, the dancers all agree that the experience far outshines any trophy they may earn on the national stage.

“It’s not just about winning,” says Amanda Feddock, a Manheim Township senior who has been dancing for 15 years. “It is about dancing and learning. It’s about connecting. We all connect to the song and connect to the dance.”

Adds Warwick junior Natalie Rhoads: “Even though we compete and enjoy winning, at the end of the day it is always about loving dance.”

To see what Pulse Dance Studio has to offer come and support them at Lititz’s Fourth of July celebration in Lititz Springs Park. Visit them at pulsedancestudio.com or call at 627-8573 for more information.

 

Ephrata dancer awarded scholarships

Brooke Lutz, of Ephrata, was recently awarded a year-long scholarship to the Tremaine Dance Convention. Brooke will attend the year-long tour, visiting 24 cities across the country. In order to qualify, she attended an intense audition which included ballet and modern dance. She was also awarded a "company ready" award, and an “overall best technical dancer" award.  "Brooke is captivating to watch and she was born to dance,”  Pulse Dance Studio owner Jennifer Olsen said. “When she dances, people stop in their tracks and watch her."

Brooke Lutz, of Ephrata, was recently awarded a year-long scholarship to the Tremaine Dance Convention. Brooke will attend the year-long tour, visiting 24 cities across the country. In order to qualify, she attended an intense audition which included ballet and modern dance. She was also awarded a “company ready” award, and an “overall best technical dancer” award. “Brooke is captivating to watch and she was born to dance,” Pulse Dance Studio owner Jennifer Olsen said. “When she dances, people stop in their tracks and watch her.”

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