Love to Dance performers take second at national competition

Competing for the first time at the national level, Love to Dance (L2D), took second place overall as one of five groups in a Dance-Off at the “MOVE” National Dance Competition on July 10 in Palm Springs. The ages of the all-girl contemporary dance group range from 9 to 13. Three of the girls live in Carmel Valley and one in Del Mar. The fifth member lives in Chula Vista and commutes to the Torrey Hills dance studio to train.

The group recently competed at the “MOVE” Regional Dance Competition in San Diego on April 14 and qualified to advance and compete in the National Competition in Palm Springs held July 6 -10. A total of 19 dance studios representing California, Arizona, Texas, and as far as, Alberta, Canada, competed at the national competition, bringing with them hundreds of dancers in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, tap and jazz.

This is the first time for L2D dancers to compete at the national level, so to take second place overall in the junior division is not only a boost of confidence for the girls and a showcase of their talents, but also defines L2D as a premier dance studio which can produce high caliber talent to compete on the national competitive dance circuit.

Although five of L2D’s girls competed as a small group in the contemporary category, L2D sent a total of seven girls to compete in individual, duet/trio and other small group categories as well, finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. However, it was the high score of the contemporary small group performance which bolted the five dancers to be one of the five groups in the Dance-Off finals.

The owners of Love to Dance, Inc. are Mindy Love Watkins and Craig Hamilton Jerkins. The studio is located at 11120 East Ocean Air Drive, Suite B 101 & 102, San Diego, CA 92130; 858-229-0120.