Future Star award winner Adriana Phillips (courtesy Adriana Phillips)

Meet Round 1 of This Year's Future Star Award Winners

Dance Spirit is thrilled to announce our 2019 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with exceptional presence and ability, and this year, you all delivered in full force.

Francine Chabot, courtesy Abigail

Abigail Teal

Age 9

Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL

Fluid Nationals, Phoenix, AZ

Adriana Phillips

Starpower National Talent Competition photographer, courtesy Adriana

Age 10

Jersey Cape Dance & Gymnastics Academy, Cape May, NJ

Starpower National Talent Competition, Ocean City, MD

Aydcen White

April Steeby, courtesy Aydcen

Age 13

Inspirations Dance Center, Savannah, MO

Symposium Nationals, Branson, MO

Akiva Green

Dance Now Photo, courtesy Akiva

Age 13

Next Step Performing Arts Center, Frisco, TX

Dance Showcase USA, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Alexis Finazzo

Star Dance Alliance Photography, courtesy Alexis

Age 18

Kay's Act II Dance Studio, Trevose, PA

World Dance Pageant, Meadowlands, NJ

Alyssa Lekites

Chris Stark, courtesy Alyssa

Age 14

Gainesville Dance Center, Gainesville, VA

PowerPak, Ocean City, MD

Amelia Dole

Robert Kelley, courtesy Amelia

Age 15

Xtreme Dance Studio, Sanford, FL

NRG Nationals, Phoenix, AZ

Ande Godwin

Dance Now Photo Video, courtesy Ande

Age 16

Dv8 the Company, Southlake, TX

Dance Showcase USA, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Andrew Camacho

Courtesy Andrew

Age 18

Xtreme Dance Center, Naperville, IL

Imagine Dance Challenge, Nashville, TN

Annalyn Salonga

Courtesy Annalyn

Age 9

Michaela's Dance Magic, Glendale, AZ

Fluid Nationals, Phoenix, AZ

Arianna Reynolds

Courtesy Arianna

Age 9

Spotlight Dance and Performing Arts Center , Mentor, OH

Starpower National Talent Competition, Anaheim, CA

Ava Bagan

Exulting Images, courtesy Ava

Age 15

River Rhythms Dance Center, Baldwinsville, NY

Encore DCS, East Rutherford, NJ

Ava Lawson

John David Pittman, courtesy Ava

Age 11

Rock City Dance Center, Little Rock, AR

Starpower National Talent Competition, Branson, MO

Ava Richards

Courtesy Ava

Age 17

DeGrasse Dance Studio, Haymarket, VA

Elite Performance Challenge Nationals

Ava Rosenwasser

DanceBUG, courtesy Ava

Age 15

Formations Dance Company, Gibsonia, PA

Extreme Talent Showcase, Pittsburgh, PA

Berkley Houchin

Courtesy Berkley

Age 12

The Edge Amarillo, Amarillo, TX

Encore DCS

Breez Carver

Courtesy Breez

Age 11

DV8 the Company, Southlake, TX

Streetz Dance Convention, Galveston, TX

Caitlin Cunningham

Courtesy Caitlin

Age 17

Apogee Dance Academy, Southington, CT

Groove Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC

Callie Carter

Grace Walz, courtesy Callie

Age 12

Dance Warehouse Inc., Lafayette, LA

Streetz Dance Convention, Galveston, TX

Carolina Garcia

4 Star Productions, courtesy Carolina

Age 16

Rosemary's School of Dance Education, Barrington, RI

Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals, Hyannis/Cape Cod, MA

Chelsie Keyhea

Rick Myers Photography, courtesy Chelsie

Age 14

Academy of Dance, Newport News, VA

StarQuest Nationals, Virginia Beach, VA

Christian Pacheco

Age 15

Star Makers Academy of Dance, Bowie, MD

Imagine Talent Competition, Hershey, PA

Dani Tiegel

DRC/Dance Snaps, courtesy Dani

Age 11

Essex Dance Academy, Fairfield, NJ

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Long Branch, NJ

Darren Luces

IT Cinema Dance Media, courtesy Darren

Age 10

Dominique's Dance Creations, Syracuse, NY

ASH Nationals, Orlando, FL

Delaney Connelly

DRC/Dance Snaps, courtesy Delaney

Age 12

Artistic Designs Dance Academy, Liverpool, NY

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Foxwoods, CT

Diarra Grace Smith

Finn Polisin, courtesy Diarra

Age 17

5-6-7-8 Dance, Totowa, NJ

2019 Nationals Backstage Dance Competition, Hershey, PA

E'Jay White

DRC for Star Alliance, courtesy E'Jay


Dance Artistry Unlimited

Dream Makers Nationals, Virginia Beach, VA

Ellie Storm

Team Creative, courtesy Ellie

Age 13

DCJ Dance, Carrollton, TX

Starbound National Talent Competition, Chicago, IL

Emery Franz

Courtesy Emery

Age 13

Legacy Dance Company, Concord, NC

Dance Machine ANDC Nationals, Rock Hill, SC

Emily Aslanyan

Dance Bug, courtesy Emily

Age 15

Dance Xpress, Staten Island, NY

Imagine Dance Challenge, Hershey, PA

Emily Barton

Shawn Lawson Illustr8ed Photography, courtesy Emily

Age 17

Parker Dance Company, Carrollton, GA

NRG Dance Project, Phoenix, AZ

Emily Berg

Courtesy Emily

Age 15

Rhythm Dance Company, Westborough, MA

Starbound National Talent Competition, Foxwoods, CT

Emily Wagner

Stage One Nationals photographer, courtesy Emily

Age 10

Special Touch Talent, Kettering, OH

Stage One Nationals, Gatlinburg, TN

Emma Featherstone

Shutter Storm Media, courtesy Emma

Age 18

QC Dance, Blaine, MN

Encore Dance, Arlington, TX

Emree Phillips (2x Future Star Award Winner)

Nathan Meinert, courtesy Emree

Age 10

Studio 320, Kearne, MO

Stage One Nationals, Branson, MO, & Dance Out/Spirit of Dance, Kansas City, MO

Eric Moreno

Gabriel Pacheco, courtesy Eric

Age 17

AZ Hype, Phoenix, AZ

Step Up 2 Dance Nationals, Phoenix, AZ

Gabi D'Arco

Courtesy Gabi

Age 16

Broadway Dance Theatre, Watchung, NJ

Groove Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC

Georgina Needleman

Team Creative, courtesy Georgina

Age 16

Paramount Dance Academy, Holtsville, NY

Starbound National Talent Competition, Atlantic City, NJ

Giovanna Taddeo

DRC/Dance Snaps, courtesy Giovanna

Age 17

Dance Mixx, Tinton Falls, NJ

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Long Branch, NJ

Grace Lyon

Courtesy Grace

Age 18

Barbara Ann's School of Dance, Lexington, KY

Fusion National Dance Competition, Daytona Beach, FL

Hailey Cronin

Team Creative, courtesy Hailey

Age 17

Donna's DanceWorks, Elkins Park, PA

Step Up 2 Dance, Atlantic City, NJ

Hamilton Kerney

ShutterStorm, courtesy Hamilton

Age 17

Alliance Dance Academy, Bluffton, SC

LA Dance Magic, Montrose, CA

Iralyn Hicko

Courtesy Iralyn

Age 9

Prestige Arts Company, Merrillville, IN

Starpower National Talent Competition

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