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Palmetto Dance Center earns national title at recent competition

Posted: July 19, 2011 3:05 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

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Dancers from Palmetto Dance Center (PDC) in Elgin took the stage in King, N.C. on June 18 with hopes of maintaining their rank as National Dance Champions -- and they did.

The senior hip hop team of PDC topped out the competition with the highest scoring routine of all teams at nationals and received the honor of “Grand Champion of the Day.”

With a 5-star platinum being the highest a routine could rank, the dancers of PDC brought home five 5-star platinums, 17 4-star platinums, and seven 4-star golds. In the overall rankings, trophies were brought home for eight fifth overall placements, five second overall placements, and four third overall placements.

The junior clogging team, senior hip hop and the studio’s traditional line clogging routine all won overall high score recognition and brought home 6-foot trophies. PDC’s senior jazz team and senior hip hop team both received special judges awards in addition to their other placements.

Two of the studio’s dancers participated in the pageant portion of nationals where they competed in talent, evening gown, and interview. Miss Samantha Singletary was named Petite Miss Ultimate Starz and Miss Charleston Thompson was named Senior Miss Ultimate Starz.

The awards continued as PDC’s Leah Hunter was named the National Role Model of the Year and her little sister, Faith, was given the director’s award for her endless enthusiasm all day.

Two other awards were presented to Palmetto Dance Center and are two awards that Director Britton Elliott is extremely excited about.

PDC won the Overall Sportsmanship Award and was presented another 6-foot trophy to represent their positive attitude throughout the competition.

“This is my favorite award. We are super blessed to have a very encouraging and positive competition family that not only supports all of our dancers but reaches out to the other studios that are there as well,” said Elliott.

The second award that Elliott was thrilled about was the fact that her co-director, Danielle Podrazik, was named National Dance Teacher of the Year.

Elliott was presented with the title in 2010 and was thrilled to keep the honor in the studio family.

“Danielle is a tremendous blessing to our studio family and she is very deserving of the honor of being the National Dance Teacher,” said Elliott.

Palmetto Dance Center is entering into its fourth year of operation and is already gearing up for another competition season ahead. Open House for PDC will be July 23 and all information can be obtained at


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