Nina Gosa

Get Shot By Brian Photography & Cinema, Inc., Courtesy National Dance Showcase

Meet This Year's Future Star Award Winners

Dance Spirit and Limelight Teamwear are excited to announce our 2021 Future Star winners! Every year, DS partners with competitions to recognize dancers with stellar talent, stage presence, and ability, and this year's standouts delivered to the max. Each of these fabulous up-and-comers received a beautiful jacket from Limelight to help them shine their brightest. "We believe that high-quality team wear gives dancers a boost of confidence and comfort, both of which are so important to have dancers performing their best," Limelight says. "We're delighted to support the growth of the up-and-coming leaders in this industry."

Meet the 2021 Future Star winners—and see them modeling their Limelight swag below.


Nina Gosa

Get Shot By Brian Photography & Cinema, Inc., Courtesy National Dance Showcase

Age 16

Stage Lights Dance Academy, Newark, DE

National Dance Showcase National Finals, Atlantic City, NJ

Gracelyn Dabrowski

Courtesy Dabrowski

Age 14

Centre Pointe Performing Arts, White Marsh, MD

Groove Nationals, Myrtle Beach, SC

Rain Lin

Team Creative Production, Courtesy Starbound

Age 15

Michelle's Dance Xplosion, Castro Valley, CA

Starbound Nationals, Lake Tahoe, NV

Cassidy Reigel

Courtesy Starpower World Dance Pageant

Age 16

D&J's Dynamite Dance, Manchester, MD

Starpower World Dance Pageant Nationals, Secaucus, NJ

Sophie Roland

Joe Duarte, Courtesy Roland

Age 15

Atti2des Dance Company, Fort Myers, FL

Artists Simply Human Nationals, Orlando, FL

Mahalaya Tintiangco-Cubales

Evolve Photo, UT, Courtesy NYCDA

Age 17

Westlake School for the Performing Arts, Daly City, CA

New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, New York, NY

Zoë Tobler

Angelia Jansen, Courtesy Tobler

Age 13

The Dance Studio 2, Clovis, CA

Velocity Nationals, Las Vegas, NV

Gia Torzilli

Daniel Hubbard, Courtesy Spirit of Dance Awards

Age 10

Starr's Studio of Dance, Kent, CT

Spirit of Dance Awards Nationals, Hyannis, MA

Jackie Wright

Courtesy Wright

Age 13

Turn Out Dance Academy, Waynesville, OH

That's Entertainment Midwest Nationals, Sandusky, OH

Want to snag some new looks for your team? Limelight's specialists can outfit your troupe with sizes from child 4 to adult XXL and in styles that never discontinue. To learn more, visit limelightteamwear.com or connect with @limelightteamwear on Instagram.

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