New England Dance Centers win big at national competitions

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New England Dance Center’s award-winning team.

Over the summer, the dancers at New England Dance and Gymnastics Centers in Westfield, Mass. and Granby, have been taking home national titles and making their mark on the dance world. The competition teams headed to Starpower National Dance Competition at Mohegan Sun to compete against the best dancers in North America. Numerous overall and national titles were awarded to the NEDC dancers of all ages from the little petites to graduating seniors.

The mini gym team, “Sleigh Ride” was named the highest scoring 11-and-under group of the entire competition as well as the prestigious Primer Cup for groups 11-and-under. The Elite Senior Dance Company was awarded the highest scoring in the 15-and-over group for its performance of “Rapunzel” as well as the covenant Victory Cup. The Elite Pro group of “Oh the Places You’ll Go” was crowned the overall teen small group and the Elite Teen group was named the overall teen-large-group champions with its performance of “Open Hands.” 

The title of top teen duo was awarded to Juliette Marzo and Marilé Marzo; the overall teen-advanced soloist was Alexandra Walz, the overall-teen national soloist was earned by Mchaley Cianfaglione, and Marlié Marzo achieved the overall senior soloist title. In addition, soloists, Juliette Marzo, Marilé Marzo, Madison Oh, and Emily Rickis achieved top soloist awards at both Legacy Nationals and Starbound National Dance Competition both held at Foxwoods.

To cap off New England Dance Center’s tremendous summer, the dancers were awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships from varying organizations to continue their dance education. This was a fantastic way to end the 2017-2018 dance season and NEDC can’t wait to see what this year will bring.

New England Dance and Gymnastics Centers offers a large variety of recreational and competitive programs, for all levels and any gender, from Tiny Tutus and Twinkle Toes Dance (combination classes for the younger dancer) through adults; and including styles such as Broadway jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, ballet, contemporary and tap. For a complete listing of classes and to learn more about the studio, please visit our website at or call the Westfield studio at 413-568-3731 or the Granby Studio at 860-653-1974. You can also email the studio at with any questions.