The Pointe Performing Arts Center
Oklahoma City, OK
Penny Capps & Becca Newman
Hi, I am Sydney Orr and I am so honored to represent Tremaine as their 2022-23 Senior Dancer of the Year. This has been a dream come true.
My dance life began at age seven when I was invited by a friend to attend a summer dance class. That first year I was invited to join The Pointe PAC Company and I performed at my first competition. I instantly loved to perform and felt at home on the stage. I loved group competition as well as solo performance. My early training involved all genres of dance but especially ballet. I loved ballet and the discipline it took. I would make goals each year of how I could improve my technique and had fantastic teachers that encouraged my growing talent. I attended summer ballet intensives and worked hard to be the best I could.
At age 11, I began attending various conventions in an effort to learn from prominent teachers in the dance industry. Dance is what made me happy and I had a desire to learn all that I could. After my first Tremaine convention I fell in love. To my surprise, I won a year-long scholarship and attended as many cities as I was able to. I always felt so welcomed by the faculty and part of their family. I joined the Tremaine Performance Company when I was 13 in an effort to train more closely with the staff. Since then, I have been a Tremaine DOTY finalist three times and have been motivated to train with the idea of one day being a Tremaine Dancer of Year.
I have been blessed with the influence of so many wonderful dance teachers over the years. They have instilled in me a love of all types of dance from ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, ballroom, and hip-hop. They have encouraged me to train
insane or remain the same. I am currently 16 years old attending High School where I am a member of the Dance Team and Leadership Program. I dance more than 25 hours a week with my studios Pre-Professional program. I am finding there is still so much to learn and decide about my future dance life. I plan to continue my dance education in college and possibly dance professionally.
I’m so excited for the opportunity to be Dancer of the Year and improve my performance ability and hopefully be an inspiration to dancers of all ages. I’m also grateful for the constant support of my family throughout my dance journey. Thank you Tremaine for believing in me and giving me this chance.
Dana’s Studio of Dance / DV8 The Company
Dana Bailey & Melanie Tyler Horne
My name is Andrew Nash. I am 17 years old and from Dallas, Texas. I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am to be the Senior Dancer of the Year this season for Tremaine. This is my last year as a competitive dancer, and I wouldn’t want to
spend it any other way.
My first competitive dance experience started when I was nine years old, and I haven’t looked back. I have spent the last five years training at Dana’s School of Dance with DV8 The Company under the direction of Melanie Tyler Horne. Having the opportunity to train under the incredible staff and fellow company members has pushed me to become the dancer I am today.
Having the support of my home studio has made my dream of being a Tremaine DOTY possible. I can’t thank them enough for always pushing me outside of my comfort zone and helping me grow as an artist. I look forward this season to expanding my knowledge of dance under the Tremaine faculty and grow from their mentorship. I have been a member of the Tremaine Performance Company for four years and made so many lifelong friends along the way. I have enjoyed being a part of this family and look forward to so many more memories this year.
To Joe Tremaine, and all of the Tremaine Staff, I thank you for this opportunity and can’t wait to represent you all this season!
Joan & Julie Bartoletti
My name is Ava Collazos, and I am 14 years old. I am beyond grateful to be chosen to represent Tremaine as the 2022-23 Teen Dancer of the Year! My love for dance began at the age of two and has continued to be my strongest passion in life for the past 12 years. I train at Dance FX in Sunrise, Florida, under the direction of Julie Bartoletti Brown and Joan Bartoletti, where I learn various styles. When I am not dancing, I enjoy math, running, and being
on my school’s debate team! Additionally, I love spending quality time with my family and friends.
I attended my first Tremaine at the age of eight, and ever since then I have looked forward to each time I am able to attend this convention. Being accepted into the Tremaine Performance Company has allowed me to grow as a dancer in numerous ways. Assisting the faculty has helped me develop the ability to pick up choreography quickly. Conversely, I have learned to work through long intricate rehearsals to prepare us for performances, which gives me better insight into the world of a professional dancer. The benefits of learning from the faculty are undoubtedly evident in my growth as a dancer. My goal this year is to inspire dancers and leave a lasting impact on them about the endless joy dance can bring. I will strive to build bonds with dancers, younger and older, just as I have been able to throughout my years
I am immensely appreciative of the opportunities my parents have provided me to be able to get to this point in my dance life. Additionally, I have unmeasurable gratitude for all my teachers who have taught me and shaped me into the dancer I am. Thank you to everyone at Tremaine Dance and Mr. Joe Tremaine for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am so excited for this year!
Jody Phillips Dance Company
Overland Park, KS
Jody Phillips & Lexi Glover
Hello! My name is Dylan Barnes, and I am 14 years old. I am honored to represent Tremaine Dance as your new Teen Dancer of the Year. I began my dance journey at the age of five with Jody Phillips Dance Company, under the direction of Jody Phillips and Lexi Glover. I am also part of the Pre-Professional Ballet Company at JPDC where we hold an annual performance benefiting over 600 children in the KC area through “Operation Breakthrough.” Jody Phillips Dance Company has always been a comfortable and loving environment with the most supporting staff and dancers. They have helped me develop into the dancer I am today. They not only teach dance but teach life lessons that inspire
students to become better people. Without Jody Phillips Dance Company, I would not be able to attend the conventions and competitions that have transformed me as a dancer and furthered my knowledge of the dance world.
Dance has been a huge part of my life and will continue to be in the future. I can only remember dancing for hours in my room knowing that this is what I am going to do for the rest of my life. This past year I was honored to be cast as the lead in our school musical “Crazy for You”, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. This has opened my eyes to the other side of the entertainment world which I know I will want to further pursue.
I cannot thank Dr. Joe Tremaine and the Tremaine staff enough for everything they have done for me and this amazing opportunity. Over this last year I have had the pleasure to be a part of the incredible Tremaine Performance Company, a truly extraordinary learning experience from auditioning and assisting while learning. Tremaine has always been a safe place for me and a place where I can feel loved and appreciated without being judged. With this Dancer of the Year title, I want to further inspire other dancers and continue to grow into a professional dancer. I will also continue to spread the message that Boys Dance Too and to never let other people’s words define who you are. I am ecstatic to be your 2022-23 Teen Dancer of the Year and grateful for this opportunity.
Amanda’s Dance Express LLC
Grand Prairie, TX
Hello! I am Karson Powell, and I love to dance. I am grateful for the gift of dance that God has given me, and I am honored to represent Tremaine as Junior DOTY for the 2022-2023 season. Dancing has always been a part of my life. My parents often share that when I was born, the “show started.” I look forward to continuing Joe Tremaine’s legacy and thank all of the Tremaine team for seeing my gift and purpose in that gift. My hope is that I inspire others to dance, perfect my gift, and represent family and friends in the best light.
Amandas Dance Express (ADX) studio was where my sister started to dance. With us being 12 years apart, watching her gave me a chance to sit and dream. Ms. Amanda gave me my first tutu and ballet shoes for my 1st birthday. Although I couldn’t officially start until I was 2 years old, my mom tells me I wore the tutu and ballet shoes everywhere. I am very grateful and fortunate to have Ms. Amanda and the entire ADX family in my life. Their love and support helps me to grow not only as a dancer but as a person. I try to dance every count with all of my soul and to dance in practice as I would on stage. I love dance and appreciate all styles.
I am a proud Texan and live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I am fortunate to have supportive parents, Tai and Eric, and a big sister, Kennedy. Their love and sacrifice are priceless and have helped me match my talent with hard work. I am also fortunate to have worked with, and learned from, some dedicated instructors and gifted choreographers from across the nation, including Ashlé Dawson, Suzanne Green, Joey Tarwater, Lauren Parker, Tina Taylor, Lola Davis, and many more.
Although I danced at my first Tremaine Dance Convention at 6 years old; I attended many prior, tagging along with my sister. I had my first experience with trying out for DOTY during Nationals 2021. I did not make the finals. But I was determined to improve and become a better dancer. I made it my goal to reach, put the work in, and it paid off.
Tremaine is not just a convention to me but a family I look forward to being with every year. I am honored to have been selected, especially with such amazing talent throughout 2021-22 season. I am truly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to representing Tremaine Dance as one of your 2022-23 Junior DOTY’s.
New Level Dance Company
Hello, I am Maia-Joyce and I am beyond excited to represent Tremaine Dance Conventions as a 2022-23 Junior Dancer Of The Year. For me, there is nothing like being under those stage lights. I love competing and performing whether it be a solo or groups.
My journey into the world of competitive dance began at five years of age with New Level Dance Company. In addition to dance, I am also a competitive aerialist (Circus Arts) I’ve been training for about four years on Silks and Lyra (Hoop) It has been my honor to have received Top awards in both. I am grateful that training in both disciplines are at my studio.
Thank you to my past and current teachers at New Level Dance Company, my teammates#ironsharpensiron, my family and those who constantly tune in (especially my Aunt and Grandma, they are yet to miss one) to send me good vibes, and Ms. Alison Stroming for all of your guidance. I am thankful for all the awesome families and friends we have met that showed us so much love.
In 2018, I attended my first Tremaine Convention. What brought me back each time was the way the faculty communicated and danced with us. Over the years, I’ve watched the genuine love, respect they have for each other, how they treat each other, including Admin/Office, Merchandise, even Room monitors, and how they continue to grow as a family. And now, I get to be a part of that.
Thank you to the Faculty and Dr. Tremaine for your faith in me. I promise to work hard and make you proud. I am so excited for this year of learning, new experiences, meeting new friends, and new cities to explore. I am ready to Train with Tremaine.