Phoenix Dance Cooperative and Soul Shock Dance Company

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Phoenix Dance Cooperative’s Soul Shock Dance Company recently returned from Panama City Beach, Fla., with two national grand championship awards.

After a week of intense competition with studios from across the country, the routine “Turn to Stone” was awarded the overall intermediate national grand champion trophy. This routine was choreographed by Antoine Olds and Ambur Towns and was performed by dancers Taylor Clinton, Lauren Dudley, Gabi Ford, Nicole Kaiden, Kelly Molera, Maren Olson, Emma Kate Ring, Sophie Spencer and Ally Trevino.

Soul Shock was also awarded the super line national grand champion award for the routine “Halo” also choreographed by Antoine Olds and Ambur Towns. This routine was performed by dancers Taylor Clinton, Sierra Conner, Lauren Dudley, Michelle Dynes, Claire Farmer, Gabi Ford, Demi Johnson, Jenna Hushka, Madison Kaiden, Nicole Kaiden, Caressa Lanzo, Rilee Matson, Kelly Molera, Maren Olson, Emma Kate Ring, Laikyn Ring, Maddie Spencer, Sophie Spencer, Palmer Spinelli, Laura Topete, Ally Trevino, Bianca Trotto, Kayla White, and Caroline Woody.

These outstanding overall awards were an exciting end to a successful competition that also included top high point rankings for 20 other routines across 10 judging categories, many of these receiving overall first place in their category. The Soul Shock solos/duos/trios also had excellent results with 28 dances ranking in the overall high point awards and with three overall category wins going to Tyler Tapia, Rilee Matson and Laikyn Ring. Tyler Tapia was also awarded the national top primary solo champion title at the event.

All of these awards are especially sweet for the Soul Shock Dance Company and their artistic directors, Antoine Olds and Ambur Towns, as it was less than one year ago that the new studio was started by a supportive group of fathers.

Phoenix Dance Cooperative is located in Ahwatukee at 12020 S. Warner Elliot Loop,, (480) 264-2929. PDC is currently offering a summer dance program with fall classes offered six days a week for ages 3 to adult. Makeup auditions for their performing and competing companies will take place on July 27.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or

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