Thursday Northwest Star Preview: Tucson Dance Academy dancers win big in New York

2013-07-17T13:00:00Z Thursday Northwest Star Preview: Tucson Dance Academy dancers win big in New YorkPhil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Strutting their stuff at a national competition in New York City, young Tucson Dance Academy dancers wowed judges and put the 5-year-old studio on the map.

The academy was among more than 100 dance studios from around the country to compete in the New York City Dance Alliance National Season Finale June 29-July 6.

The Tucson group was one of four to win the National Junior Critics’ Choice Award, the judges’ highest honor for dancers age 12 and younger. The academy received a trophy and $2,500.

Tom Booth, who owns Tucson Dance Academy with his wife, Tammy, said the success at the competition is the culmination of a half-decade’s worth of dreams and dedication.

“To go to New York City and win the Critics’ Choice Award, it means five years of effort and blood, sweat and tears have come to fruition,”  he said.

“This is really something beautiful. Something unexpected. It means that Tucson has a dance academy that is on par with any studio in the country.”

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