Future Star award winner Noeleia Dellinger at Ash Nationals (Ash Productions, courtesy Noeleia Dellinger)

Meet Round 2 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.


Isabel Zukowski

DRC/Dance Snaps, courtesy Isabel

Age 11

Cathy Taylor School of Dance, Auburn, MA

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Ocean City, MD

Jacinda Weatherholt

B. Close Photography, courtesy Jacinda

Age 16

Starfire Dance Company, Emporia, KS

Odyssey Dance Competition National Finals, Grand Lake, OK

Jacob Carriker

Fury Dance Competition, courtesy Jacob

Age 15

The Dance Studio/People In Motion, Kirksville, MO

Fury National Dance Competition, Branson, MO

Jade Boerman

Courtesy Jade

Age 17

Charleston Dance Center, Charleston, SC

Star Power Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC

Jocelyn Geisel

Courtesy Jocelyn

Age 16

The King Centre for the Performing Arts, Butler, NJ

Groove Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC

Johanna Loiseau

Sico Productions, courtesy Johanna

Age 17

Dance Studio Elite, West Fargo, ND

Celebration Talent National Finals, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Joy Gardner

Age 14

Dance Elite All Stars, Rocklin, CA

Starbound National Talent Competition, Orlando, FL

Julia Richards

Stage One, courtesy Julia

Age 12

Move Dance and Fitness, Richmond, TX

Talent on Parade, San Antonio, TX

Kailyn Kreth

Courtesy Kailyn

Age 17

American Dance Company, Spring Branch, TX

Starbound National Talent Competition, San Antonio, TX

Kali O'Donnal

Shutter Storm, courtesy Kali

Age 16

Chrissy's Dance Academy, Helotes, TX

Encore Performing Arts, Arlington, TX

Kate Gilpin

Courtesy Kate

Age 13

LMACE Studios, Seven Lakes, NC

Boogie Fever Nationals, Rock Hill, SC

Katie Rhodus

Rasmussen Photo Video, courtesy Katie

Age 18

Studio 320, Kearny, MO

Stage One Nationals, Branson, MO

Kaylee Jenkins

Courtesy Kaylee

Age 16

Precision Dance Club, Wilmington, MA

Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals, Atlantic City, NJ

Kensington Dressing

Courtesy Kensington

Age 8

Studio 19 Dance Complex, Mars, PA

Star Power Nationals, Uncasville, CT

Kortlyn Martin

Age 8

Cathy Kurth Dance Academy, Lake Charles, LA

Streetz Dance Convention, Galveston, TX

Kyleigh Harrison

Jake Miller, courtesy Kyleigh

Age 12

The Dance Place, Hicksville, NY

Liberate Artists Phoenix Fire, New York, NY

Lauren Froehle

Nick Field, courtesy Lauren

Age 10

Studio 55, Rockford, MN

Symposium Nationals, Minneapolis, MN

Lauren Polizzotto

Images by Norelle, courtesy Lauren

Age 15

Love to Dance Inc., San Diego, CA

Energy National Dance Competition, San Diego, CA

Leah Hutt

Revolution Dance Competition photographer, courtesy Leah

Age 9

The Dance Spot, Fullerton, CT

Lena Garcia

Shutterstorm Media, courtesy Lena

Age 9

Dance Empire of Miami, Miami, FL

West Coast Dance Explosion Nationals, Orlando, FL

Lilly Beaver

Courtesy Lilly

Age 17

Let's Dance Studio, Kannapolis, NC

Boogie Fever Nationals, Rock Hill, SC

Lindsay Weber

DRC for Star Dance Alliance, courtesy Lindsay

Age 17

Studio Bleu Dance Center, Ashburn, VA

Dream Makers Nationals, Virginia Beach, VA

Luke Keeping Brown

DanceBug, courtesy Luke

Age 11

Davenport Dance Project, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Starpower National Talent Competition, Orlando, FL

Madison Marshall

Alexander DiMauro

Age 13

Encore Studio, Midlothian, VA

Artists Simply Human, Orlando, FL

MaKayla Briana Connors

Courtesy MaKayla

Age 15

Dance Reflections, Kings Mountain, NC

Dance Machine ANDC Nationals, Rock Hill, SC

Marissa Gebeau

Kids Artistic Revue Media Department, courtesy Marissa

Age 17

Jordan Center Dance, Cleveland, OH

Kids Artistic Revue Nationals, Las Vegas, NV

Mary Kate McNulty

Jim McNulty, courtesy Mary Kate

Age 14

Veracity Dance Project, Janesville, WI

Dupree Dance, USA Nationals, Destin, FL

McKenna Markham

Dance Now Photo and Video, McKenna

Age 9

The Company Project , Pantego, TX

Dance Showcase USA, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Meadow Harper

DRC/Dance Snaps, courtesy Meadow

Age 16

Dance Fusion, Tiverton, RI

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Ocean City, MD

Miranda Felt

Courtesy Miranda

Age 16

Let's Dance, Mauldin, SC

Dance Machine ANDC Nationals, Rock Hill, SC

Nathali Prieto

Natalia Cahovas, courtesy Nathali

Age 13

Moving Artist Dance Company, Miami, FL

Fusion Nationals, Daytona Beach, FL

Nina Conte

Mid Coast Photo, courtesy Nina

Age 15

Academy of Dance Arts,

Backstage Nationals, Hershey, PA

Noeleia Dellinger

Ash Productions, courtesy Noeleia

Age 11

Studio Bleu Dance Center, Ashburn, VA

ASH Nationals, Orlando, FL

Paige Cummings

Daedalus Media Group, courtesy Paige

Age 15

Premier Dance Performing Arts Center

Diva Dance Competition, Hyannis, MA

Paige DeAngelo

Age 18

Ovations Dance Studio, Oaklyn, NJ

Starbound National Talent Competition, Lake Tahoe, CA

Paislee Garland

Mid Coast Photo, courtesy Paislee

Age 18

Studio 109 Dance, Voice & Drama, Gonic, NH

Step Up 2 Dance, Boston, MA

Quaya Cloud

Coberly Photography, courtesy Quaya

Age 15

Dolce Dance Studio, Fresno, CA

Starpower Talent Competition, Anaheim, CA

Remie Goins

Courtesy Remie

Age 14

International City School of Ballet, Marietta, GA

American Dance Competition/Youth International Ballet Competition, Saint Petersburg, FL

Riley Miller

DRC/Dance Snaps, courtesy Riley

15

Artistic Designs Dance Academy, Liverpool, NY

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Foxwoods, CT

Rivyn Scofield

Dance Bug, courtesy Rivyn

Age 13

Michigan Dance Company, Lapeer, MI

Energy Midwest Nationals, Sandusky, OH

Rylie Owens

Courtesy Rylie

Age 11

Dancers Edge Revolution, Greenville, NC

Boogie Fever Nationals, Rock Hill, SC

Sarah Agrusa

Courtesy Sarah

Age 17

Deborah's Stage Door Center for the Performing Arts, Rochester Heights, MI

Groove Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC

Sarah Gray

Eugene Biscardi, courtesy Sarah

Age 24

Perth Circus and Dance Academy, Perth, Western Australia

World Championships of Performing Arts, Long Beach, CA

Skyler Jade DeSefarino

Michael Cairns, courtesy Skyler

Age 16

Integrity Dance Center, Winter Springs, FL

Celebration Talent Competition, Orlando, FL

Tiffany Aumiller

Courtesy Tiffany

Age 13

Limelight Dance Studio, Wyomissing, PA

True Talent Competition, Lancaster, PA

Tyree Burton Williams

David Gardiner, courtesy Tyree

Age 17

Complexity Dance Center

Starpower National Talent Competition Atlantic City, NJ

Zoe Browne

NJ Sports Media, courtesy Zoe

Age 15

Jaimie's Dance Odyssey, Deptford, NJ

High Demand Competition, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Zoe Juliettee Holladay

Courtesy Zoe

Age 8

Performance Edge, Weston, FL

Shake the Ground Nationals, Orlando, FL

Zoe Mouchyn

Martha Istueta, courtesy Zoe Mouchyn

Age 14

Expressions Dance and Music, College Station, TX

ASH Nationals, Orlando, FL

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