Allegro Performing Arts Academy – its Allegro Precision Dance Co. and PURE Hip-Hop teams – won big at the summertime Hollywood Vibe National competition in Anaheim, Calif. COURTESY PHOTO

Allegro Performing Arts Academy – its Allegro Precision Dance Co. and PURE Hip-Hop teams – won big at the summertime Hollywood Vibe National competition in Anaheim, Calif. COURTESY PHOTO

Team dancers at Allegro Performing Arts Academy savor success at summer national competition

Many performers came away with top scores, awards

  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:19am
  • Life

For the Reporter

Kent-based Allegro Performing Arts Academy is coming off a dazzling performance on the national dance stage.

Allegro Precision Dance Co. and PURE Hip-Hop teams shone at the Hollywood Vibe National competition in Anaheim, Calif., in July.

Among Allegro’s many highlights:

• Brielle Noble, 7, and 11 other dancers received scholarships, including the teen grand champion scholarship being awarded to dancer Anna Koffman.

• Allegro teachers won best direction awards for two of its group pieces – “Hard Knock Life,” a fun hip-hop version of the class, and “Let’s Dance,” a fun ’80s prom jazz piece.

• “Paper Hearts,” an intermediate lyrical duo performed by Landon Spurbeck and Brooke Ketchum and choreographed by Megan Butler, had the duo/trio overall top score.

• The “Bloom” contemporary duo took second overall in the senior division performed by Alix Chappell and Jalen Forward and choreographed by Mitchell Federan.

• Dancer of the year results: mini female first runner-up, Lillian Punak; intermediate male second runner-up, Dre’moni Watts; senior male third runner-up: Forward; and senior female first runner-up, Kristina Doucette.

• Teen female dancer of the year winner: Kennedy Griffin, 14, from Olympia, who commutes to Allegro for training.

• Teen male dance of the year winner: James Ades, 15, who attends Kentlake High School.

• Kristina Doucette, 17, of Auburn, earned the LA Agency award, of which she will be flown to Los Angeles to consult with top agencies, have a headshot photo session and receive a scholarship to Millennium Dance Complex to continue training

• Allegro’s Presto Junior team, which was chosen to re-compete at the Battle of the Stars, wound up placing second overall in the intermediate category with a performance of “Hide and Seek,” choreographed by Megan Butler

• Allegro’s Legato and Vivace teams were chosen to re-compete their musical theater line piece from Hamilton’s “Right Hand Man” in the senior category choreographed by guest teacher Eddie Strachan. They walked away as senior national champions, with a $2,000 award.

For more on the team and its programs, visit

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