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North County Dance Arts Win at Competition

Members of the North Country Dance Arts competition team won multiple awards at the recent Count Down National Dance Competition Tour event held recently in Fallbrook.  Over seven studios competed with some from as far away as Anaheim and Temecula. The venue includes some of the most competitive performances in the country.  Various Carmel Valley residents were amongst the dozen dancers from NCDA who participated and placed.  The categories included soloist and group acts in the areas of tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary.


Melanie An, a sixth grader at Ocean Air Elementary School, performed a tap dance to “I Wish.”  Jacob Soble, a seventh grader at Carmel Valley Middle School, tapped to “Fishtrap.”  Both placed in the Top Ten for their division.  Other winners included Rosemarie Marabella with a Scholarship Award, Christine Marabella, Melissa Schneider, Zackary Sommer, Lilah Horton, Neekon Fooladi, and the NCDA Jazz Line group also performed and placed.

Many local talent personalities have been groomed at the studio, including actor Mario Lopez.  Actresses Taryn Manning and Jolie Jenkins also studied at NCDA before making it big in the entertainment world.  The studio will be holding its annual showcase recital at the Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus July 27 at noon and 6 p.m.  More information can be found at the website

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