Paso Robles dance company wins big at Nevada competition
Company won three coveted awards in three different competitions
–The weekend of July 15-17 found local Paso Robles dance company, Artistry In Motion, winners in Henderson, Nevada after competing in the 2016 International Finals of the Thunderstruck Dance Competition. The company won three impressive awards over the course of the weekend in three different competitions: the highly coveted Studio Spirit Award, the Eye of the Storm Award for the dance “Things that Go Bump In the Night” and the Teen Overall Champions Award for “My Dear Love.” Choreography for the dances was created by Bob Woodard, Lindsey Layport, and June Greenawalt.
“This award [The Studio Spirit Award] is probably the most important to Bob and myself,” says Greenawalt, Woodard’s partner of Artistry In Motion. “It is all about our kids showing good sportsmanship and encouraging the other dance studios and being friendly and helpful to the other teams backstage, clapping for them and wishing them luck. It’s more than just teaching them about dance. It’s about raising good human beings.”
Artistry In Motion has become a forceful and much hailed dance company in local Paso Robles, but the company is quickly becoming an acclaimed dance company throughout America. The company performs around the United States and has made lasting impressions on many noteworthy establishments in the art industry. According to the Artistry In Motion website, several of their students have been approached to participate in the Joffrey Ballet program in NYC, one of which was offered a 2 year full scholarship. They announced that they have also shown an interest in coming to Paso Robles to visit our studio and observe our exceptional student body.
The company puts strong focus on jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and acro dance – acro dance is a combination of classical dance and acrobatics. The company’s instructors place major emphasis on learning the fundamentals of dance while having fun. Their objective is to inspire students to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves, grow and have the utmost fun doing it in a dynamic way, according to their website.
Greenawalt and Woodard are the owners/directors of Artistry In Motion. Both Greenawalt and Woodard have extensive dance backgrounds and have served in and on such well-known venues as “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Grease” and have worked with some prominent artists such as Ellen DeGeneres and Janet Jackson.