Future Star winner Basia Rhoden (courtesy Starpower)

Meet Round Two of Our 2017 Future Star Award Winners

The second round of 2017 Future Star winners showcases more dancers with singular talent and ability. We're thrilled to celebrate their success!

Giuliana Siraguso

Photo by Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, courtesy Carol Siraguso

Age 11

Priscilla + Dana's School of Dance, Kansas City, MO

Starpower International Talent Competition, Branson, MO

Myckena Surber

Photo by Same Day Productions, courtesy Myckena Surber

Age 18

Adams School of Dance, Belleville, IL

Dupree Dance, Destin, FL

Juliana Friedman

Courtesy Juliana Friedman

Age 15

Studio L Dance Co., Waldwick, NJ

Starpower International Talent Competition, Orlando, FL

Martina Schiano-Lomoriello

Photo by James C. Richards, courtesy Carmela Schiano-Lomoriello

Age 12

New Castle Dance and Music Academy, Newark, DE

Imagine Dance Challenge, Hershey, PA

Maia Bliudnikas

Photo by DRC/Dancebug, courtesy Turn It Up Dance Challenge

Age 17

Spotlight Dance Academy, Westford, MA

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Hyannis, MA

Dayjah Monet Keys

Photo by Bill Menzel, courtesy Backstage Performing Arts

Age 16

Tiffany & Co Academy of Dance Hamilton, NJ

Chelsea Bailey

Photo by Dancebug, courtesy Chelsea Bailey

Age 15

On Your Toes Dance Studio, Twinsburg, OH

Extreme Talent National Competition, Pittsburgh, PA

Basia Rhoden

Courtesy Starpower

Age 14

Dolce Dance Studio, Fresno, CA

Starpower International Talent Competition, Las Vegas, NV

Chloe Shaw

Photo by Shannon Schultz Photography, courtesy Rochelle Shaw

Age 14

Perception Dance Company, Lenexa, KS

Starpower, Branson, MO

Brooke Renfrow

Photo by Starpower Photography, courtesy Brooke Renfrow

Age 16

Strictly Rhythm, Franconia, VA

Believe/Imagine, Ocean City, MD

Leah Farquharson

Photo by Andrew Holtz, courtesy Starbound

Age 17

Danceworks, Mississisauga, ON, Canada

Starbound National Talent Competition, Chicago, IL

Adrian Curiel

Courtesy Adrian Curiel

Age 17

Power Elite Dance Academy, Globe, AZ

Step Up 2 Dance, Phoenix, AZ

Louise Hindsbo

Courtesy Artists Simply Human

Age 11

Studio 19 Dance Complex, Mars, PA

Artists Simply Human, Orlando, FL

Nick Alvino

Photo by DRC Dancebug, courtesy Turn It Up Dance Challenge

Age 16

Alexa's Dance Academy, East Meadow, NY

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Ocean City, MD

Riley Noonan

Photo by W Cunningham, courtesy Spirit of Dance Awards

Age 11

Spotlight Dance Academy, Westford, MA

Spirit of Dance Awards, Hyannis Cape Cod, MA

Abigail Richards

Photo by Dancebug, courtesy Wendy Richards

Age 18

DeGrasse Dance Studio, Haymarket, VA

Elite Performance, Mystic, CT

Elizabeth Hazelwood

Courtesy Jennifer Hazelwood

Age 18

First Landing Dance Center, Virginia Beach, VA

Encore Dance Competitions for the Stars, Virginia Beach, VA

Eric Decaminada

Photo by DRC/Dancebug, courtesy Turn It Up Dance Challenge

Age 17

The Pulse Performing Arts Studio, Bedford Hills, NY

Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Long Branch, NJ

Mackenzie Casey

Courtesy Mackenzie Casey

Age 17

Edge Dance Center, Lumberton, NJ

Step Up 2 Dance, Atlantic City, NJ

Kaylee Couite

Courtesy Step Up 2 Dance

Age 17

Pat Snows Dance Academy, Bridgewater, MA

Step Up 2 Dance, Manchester, NH

Abby Sebastian

Photo by UEP Photography, Courtesy Dancers Burlington

Age 10

Dancers Burlington, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Starpower International Talent Competition, Myrtle Beach, SC

Ava Lahey

Photo by Platoon Event Photography, courtesy Ava Lahey

Age 15

Sara's Studio of Dance Jacksonville, IL

Revolution Nationals,Chicago IL

A version of this story appeared in the January 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "Dance Spirit Future Star 2017: Round 2."

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