A pair of Huntsville dancers have just been presented the opportunity of a lifetime.
However, it’s going take some community support to help the girls take their chance.
Competitive dancers Ashley Nadrofsky and Alexus Banks of JJ Dance Performing Arts Studio were invited to the Elite Dance Team 2016 Nationals in Orlando, Florida from June 28 to July 3. At a recent competition, Banks received was awarded a perfectly platinum for her acro solo while Nadrofsky took first place and also came away with a perfectly platinum result for her hip hop solo. As well Nadrofsky was second runner up overall for in the classic teen solo results. Their duet achieved a dynamic diamond and a close 2 be place.
The hip-hop duo have been working hard for years at their craft and when they got the proverbial call, the emotions ran the gamut.
“Intense screaming at first,” says Ashley’s mom Jennifer of the reaction. “Then a feeling of gratefulness and honour as they realized how fortunate they were to be recognized in this manner.”
Jennifer says the girls are extremely excited about representing their community and their studio in such an amazing manner.
Having received encouragement along the way from coaches, instructors, parents of other dancers and fellow dance team members, Nadrofsky and Banks are well-equipped to show the world what Huntsville is all about.
Much credit is given to their instructor Jenn Johns-Main for being an inspiring role model both on and off the stage.
“She prepared them to be humble while striving to reach their goals,” says Alexis’ mom Terri-Lynn. “As well instructors Miss Jenn, Miss Allie, Miss Jaime and Miss Mel had a hand in sculpting these two incredible dancers.”
At a recent competition, Nadrofsky and Banks placed second to “an amazing duo from Timmins.”
The two teams were high-fiving each other and cheering each other on both during performances and at the awards ceremony.
It was a moment of pride for their parents and shows the type of character the Huntsville girls will be brining to Orlando.
“The girls said this is what competing is all about,” says Jennifer. “Building new friendships.”
But, getting to Orlando isn’t cheap. To help cover the costs, the girls will be hosting fundraisers over the next couple of months to help cover expenses.
It all kicks off with a bottle drive on Saturday, May 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the grassy area at Robinson’s Independent Grocer, followed by a car wash and other events in the near future.
“As a parent, you always want your child to do what they love,” says Jennifer. “That being said, it takes a village to raise a child . . . being a successful competitor teaches them, not only to strive for the best, but also gives them the tools to navigate who they will become in the future.”
For more information, call or text Jennifer at 705-783-4052 or Terri-Lynn at 705-571-5262. Or e-mail Jennifer at email@example.com or Terri-Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org