VIENNA - Lexi Wynn and Trista Stanley, dancers at Gel's Dance Centres in Marietta and Vienna, attended Dancerpalooza in Long Beach, Calif., July 23-27, on scholarships.
Both girls won a scholarship in February at the JUMP Dance Convention in Pittsburgh.
After several months of fundraising with the support of their family, dance teachers, local businesses and friends, Lexi and Trista flew to Long Beach, Calif., for Dancerpalooza in July. They spent the week at the convention center taking classes from some of the best-known dance choreographers in the industry, according to a press release.
Trista Stanley, left, and Lexi Wynn, right, of Gel’s Dance Centre are dressed in one of their themed days (1980s Day) with actor/choreographer Misha Gabriel of the “Step Up” movies in California.
Most of the choreographers either choreograph on "So You Think You Can Dance" or they have been past winners or contestants on the show, such as "Willdabeast" Adams, Nick Lazzarini, Twitch, and Sonya Tayeh.
The local girls took a wide range of dance classes, including contemporary, jazz, musical theater and hip hop. One of the hip hop classes they took was from two Hollywood actors, Misha Gabriel, known for his roles in the last two "Step Up" movies, and Kenny Wormald, known for the lead role in the newest "Footloose" movie.
Lexi Wynn, 7, of Vienna, is the daughter of Ben and Tiffany Wynn. She has been dancing for Gel's Dance Centre going on six years.
Lexi said this about Dancerpalooza: "I had the best time with Trista and the time I spent at Dancerpalooza is something I will never forget. I had fun meeting new friends and taking classes from really cool choreographers. I cant wait to go back!"
Trista Stanley, 9, of Marietta, is the daughter of Bart and Logan Stanley. She has been dancing for Gel's Dance Centre for five years.
Trista said this about Dancerpalooza: "I loved getting to go with my dance sister Lexi. My favorite dance teachers were Twitch, Al Blackstone and Willdabeast Adams. Miss Kim and Miss Denise taught me so much. The whole trip was a blast!"
"I'm so very proud of both Trista and Lexi," said Gel Tracewell, owner/director of Gel's Dance Centre. "They have worked so hard and they took the opportunity to use their scholarships along with heavy fundraising of both families. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, taking from the best in the business. It makes me so proud these two were picked from hundreds of talented dancers."