A bright future for local dance students

By Pat Ratliff | Mar 28, 2013
Shown is the Camille’s Dance Edge competitive Dance Team. They recently competed at the Starpower National Dance Competition regionals in Burien, where they qualified for the national competition in Las Vegas in July.

A local dance studio is working with students to prepare them for careers in the performing arts, and the students are making quite an impression, both locally and at higher levels.

Meadowdale seniors Kaysea Studioso and Casey Askew used their training from Camille’s Dance Edge in Lynnwood to help them produce and direct a full production dance show for their Meadowdale High School senior projects.

Using studio director/owner Camille Palmer and office manager Casey Graham as mentors, Studioso and Askew held their show in late January at the Mountlake Terrace High School Performing Arts Theatre.

They handled every facet of the show, producing and directing the months of preparation involved.

They contacted and secured talent, located the venue, got sponsors, a videographer and photographer, and made sure the entire show went off without a hitch.

They also choreographed a number of the dance pieces and designed and created the costumes for those numbers.

And what a show it was. It featured award-winning dance companies, top-level solo and duo performers from the greater Seattle area, and special nationally ranked guest performers from Southern California.

An enthusiastic audience was treated to a show featuring a variety of dance styles including, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, and contemporary dance.

The show was a huge success, with profits benefiting Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports, improves and increases access to dance education in United States.

Kaysea Studioso is a senior at Meadowdale, a National Honor Society Member, a Senior Wind Ensemble Band Member and a senior dancer on Camille's Dance Edge Competitive Dance Team.

She has been dancing since the age of 3, and has been competing with Camille's Dance Edge since she was 8. She intends to earn an undergraduate degree in pre-medicine with an ultimate goal of a doctorate degree.

Casey Askew, also a senior at Meadowdale, is a National Honor Society member. He has been dancing with Camille's Dance Edge since the age of 8 and has been a competitive dancer for many years receiving numerous honors and scholarships.

In addition to dancing, teaching and choreographing at Camille's, Casey travels extensively to pursue his dance training and performance skills. Casey plans on attending a university in Southern California with an emphasis on a performing arts degree.

Other dancers at Camille’s are also making their mark.

Marisa Warren is a senior and a National Honor Society member, and a senior-level performing dance team member at Camille’s Dance Edge.

Under the direction of Camille Palmer, Marisa will be attending AMDA – The American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles in fall of 2013.

After a rigorous audition process, she was accepted to AMDA as a BFA Dance major, and awarded both a prestigious Presidents VIP scholarship and a Talent Scholarship.

Marisa began dancing at age 3. Trained in ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, and modern dance, she has traveled to Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, and other venues, dancing in front of thousands.

Additionally, she has trained in acting, print and modeling. At AMDA LA, in Hollywood, Marisa will further her dance, acting, voice and combat training, preparing for her performance industry endeavors.

Jenna Major is a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. She started dancing as a toddler when Camille was the director at Edmonds Dance and Gymnastics Academy.

When the gym closed to make room for the Edmonds Performing Arts Center, she did competitive gymnastics for a few years and at the ripe old age of 9 returned to dance and joined the competitive team at Camille's Dance Edge and has been dancing ever since.

The past three years she has also been involved with high school cheerleading and competitive cheerleading.

Jenna has been accepted into several colleges for next fall and is now deciding where to attend.

She is interested in International Studies and is also hoping to either dance or cheer on a college team.

For more information on Camille’s Dance Edge, go to http://www.camillesdanceedge.com/.

Meadowdale seniors Kaysea Studioso and Casey Askew
Jenna Major
Marissa Warren
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