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A Night to Remember!

As the summer dwindles down and new seasons begin, we celebrate the past year of dance at the Industry Dance Awards.

The dance community came together for one amazing night of celebration and talent; uniting for a single cause. As Dancers Against Cancer, we lifted up Angels and Warriors and raised over one million dollars together. Grateful is an understatement and we can’t say thank you enough.

We kicked the evening off with our red carpet who saw our incredible Nominees, Winners, and Special Guests including dancer/choreographer Travis Wall, Tommy Chong, Nickelodeon star Jojo Siwa, Nia Frazier of Dance Moms, the Bald Ballerina Maggie Kudirka, and Actor/Dancer/Survivor Christina Applegate.

The star studded evening was accompanied by incredible performances and the announcement of the Best Performance of 2017, Best Choreography of 2017, the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to the legendary Kenny Ortega, and much more. We witnessed an awe inspiring performance by Maggie Kudirka who taught us to live every day like it was our last, watched Maks and Val of Dancing With the Stars graciously accept the Innovator Award, and were incredibly humbled when Christina Applegate accepted our donation of $100,000 to Right Action for Women (RAW).

Join us in congratulating all of our winners!

See some of the incredible moments from the night for yourself!

Although the Industry Dance Awards only happen once a year, you can always be apart of what we stand for by donating to Dancers Against Cancer anytime! For more fun from the night check out our gallery below.

Adrian Ruiz

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Presented To – Kenny Ortega

Kenny Ortega’s work as a director, choreographer, and producer is known and loved by millions around the world.  Some of Ortega’s works throughout his long and illustrious career in film and television include the feature documentary “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”, “Newsies”, “Hocus Pocus”, and Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise, which were the most successful Disney Channel Original Movies to date when they premiered. Ortega received an Emmy win for choreography.  He is also the executive producer for both of the movie’s multi-platinum soundtracks. In 2008 Kenny directed and executive produced “High School Musical 3: Senior Year (HSM 3)” for Walt Disney Motion Pictures. “HSM 3” was the biggest theatrical box office opening for a musical in history. Most recently, Kenny directed “A Change of Heart” (winner of the OUTshine Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature, produced alongside longtime friend and partner, Emilio Estefan, and starring Jim Belushi and Virginia Madsen), “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” for FOX (which premiered during Halloween 2016), and Disney’s “Descendants” and “Descendants 2” which premiered to record breaking numbers in July 2017. The “Descendants 2” Soundtrack also debuted at #1 on iTunes. Ortega has been the recipient of three Emmy Awards, and 2 Director’s Guild of America Awards, The Fred & Adele Astaire Lifetime Achievement Award, Bob Fosse Award, American Choreography Lifetime Achievement Award, MTV Video Music Award, American Music Award, Billboard Award, ALMA Award, Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, Imagen Creative Achievement Award, NAACP Award, as well as a number of others.

Matthew Caldwell

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Matthew Caldwell

2017 OFFICIAL IDA Nominees – Complete List

Congratulations to ALL the 2017 IDA Nominees!! Remember voting for the People’s Choice begins on June 19, 2017. All PC’s nominees will be listed on the IDA website shortly. Be sure to tell all your dance friends and family to VOTE!!

Tickets go on SALE this coming Monday – June 19th. Limited General Admission tickets are available. This event will SELL OUT so get your tickets early.

2017 Convention Nominees

LA Dance Magic

Best Convention Performance – Architecture of Loss – Dance Institute from Austin, TX

Favorite Teacher – Christian Vincent

Favorite Teacher – DJ Guthrie

The Pulse

Best Convention Performance – Our Big Fat SSDS Wedding – Star Struck Dance from Staten Island, NY

Favorite Teacher – Tricia Miranda

Favorite Teacher – Tucker Barkley

Tremaine Dance Convention

Best Convention Performance – Apres Moi – Perception Dance Company from Lenexa, KS

Favorite Teacher – Tony Bellissimo

Favorite Teacher – Meghan Sanett

Hollywood Vibe

Best Convention Performance – Rapture – Impact Dance Studio from Countryside, IL

Favorite Teacher – Liz Imperio

Favorite Teacher – Kent Boyd

People’s Choice Preliminary Nominees

Applause Talent

My Love, My Darling – Dance Works from Murfreesboro, TN

Queen – Carolina Dance Capital from Charlotte, NC

Romeo and Juliet – C & C Dance Company from Bowie, MD

Uptown – The Dance Connection from Canton, MI

Forever A Traveler – Once Upon A Dream from Wadsworth, OH


Unspeakable Joy – Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts from Newbury Park, CA

Breath and Receive – Elevation Studios from Signal Hill, CA

Quiet Crowd – Evoke Dance Movement from Carlsbad, CA

Forever – Temecula Dance Company from Temecula, CA

Beyond – Spezio’s Dance Dynamics from Getzville, NY


Your Day Will Come – Dancer’s Edge from Winston Salem, NC

Rose – Carlsbad Dance Centre from Carlsbad, CA

Ties That Bind – Dance Du Coeur from Sugar Land, TX

Depression – Dance Expressions By Erica from Irwin, PA

You Can’t Stop The Beat – Dance Dimensions From New Milford, NJ


Better When I’m Dancing – Center Stage Dance Studio from Prior Lake, MN

Magic To Do – Madill Dance Center from Duluth, MN

Pep Rally – Pat Barton Dance from Altoona, IA

What’s Going On – Premiere Dance from Prior Lake, MN

Don’t Stop Believing – Hermitage Dance Academy from Hermitage, TN

Spotlight Dance Cup

It’s My Party – Backstage Dance Studio from Bellevue, WA

River – Element Dance Studio from Hillsboro, OR

You Know – Full Force Dance Company from Chico, CA

Ashes – Storm Dance Alliance from Oswego, IL

Bachelor – Studio X … A New Generation of Dance from Minot, ND


Falling Slowly – PowerWorx from Chantilly, VA

Run Boy Run – The Houston Dance Lab from Houston, TX

Mermaids – Steppin’ Out Dance Studio from Tuttle, OK

Rules For Lovers – Sara’s Studio of Dance from Jacksonville, IL

Spread Love – Cathy Taylor School of Dance from Auburn, MA

Turn It Up

Train – Theater Dance Center from Flanders, NJ

Jurassic Park – Inspirations Performing Arts Center from Selden, NY

Tomorrow – Dance Mixx Studio from Shrewsbury, NJ

The Darkest Place – Dancers Edge By Rogers from Pittsburgh, PA

Summer of ‘69 – Creative Steps from Franklin, NH


November Rain – Yoko’s Dance & Perf. Arts Academy from Fremont, CA

My Last Day – Miller Street Dance Academy from Charlotte, NC

The Chocolate Factory – The Dance Place from La Habra, CA

A Solid State – East Coast Artists Dance Center from Smithtown, NY

I’m Alive – Kristi’s Forever Dancin’ from Riverside, CA


Quarantine – Triple Threat Perf. Arts from Livermore, CA
You’re In The Band – Forever Dance Lake Tahoe from Zephyr Cove, CA

School of Rock – Jordan Center Dance from Solon, OH

Mayan – Conservatory of Dance Education from Pleasant Valley, MO

Black Hole Sun – Precision Dance Center from Delano, CA

2017 Competition Nominees – Outstanding Performance

Best Jazz

KAR – Say You Love Me – Ultimate Dance Complex from McMurray, PA

Rainbow – Unsteady – Ignite from North Bend, WA

Countdown – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat – Shooting Starz from Newhall, CA

Masquerade – Fade – Spotlight Productions from Apple Valley, MN

StarQuest – Women Be Wise – The Dance PAC from Milton, ON

Spotlight Dance Cup – Oh Yeah – Premiere Dance Academy from Prior Lake, MN

Applause Talent – Ring The Alarm – Dance 411 from Atlanta, GA

Groove – Control – Project T Dance Company from Lignum, VA

Turn It Up – Hey Mama – Karen’s School of Dance from Highland, MI

Best Lyrical / Modern / Contemporary

KAR – Unchained Melody – Dance Attack from Miami, FL

Rainbow – Save A Life – Soul Shock Dance Company from Phoenix, AZ

Countdown – Cutting Ties – Bobbie’s School of Performing Arts from Newbury Park, CA

Masquerade – All That I Am – Woodbury Dance Center from Woodbury, MN

StarQuest – The Lesson – Downtown BOCA from Boca Raton, FL

Spotlight Dance Cup – Ellis Island – Carlsbad Dance Centre from Carlsbad, CA

Applause Talent – Regretless – Haja Dance Company from Monroe, MI

Groove – Bohemian Rhapsody – Charlene’s School of Dance from Spring Hill, FL

Turn It Up – Goodbye Horses – Dance Arts Academy from Boonton, NJ

Best Tap

KAR – Can’t Touch This – Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance from Parkville, MO

Rainbow – Tap This – The Element Dance Center from La Mesa, CA

Countdown – Run The World – So Cal Dance from Poway, CA

Masquerade – Thunderstruck – Music General from Brainerd, MN

StarQuest – The Band – DeForest Dance Academy from Aurora, IL

Spotlight Dance Cup – Brand New – Universal Dance Academy from Lincoln, NE

Applause Talent – Boom – Asheville Dance Theater from Asheville, NC

Groove – Hands Up – Dance Dimensions from New Milford, NJ

Turn It Up – Blank Space – Dance Dynamics Dance Studio from Macon, GA

Best Musical Theater / Novelty / Character

KAR – You’ll Be Back – TJE Dance Force from Holbrook, NY

Rainbow – The Room Where It Happens – Dance Unlimited from Oceanside, CA

Countdown – Austin Powers – Evoke Dance Movement from Carlsbad, CA

Masquerade – Press Conference Rag – Northern Force Dance Company from Blaine, MN

StarQuest – A Musical – The Pulse Performing Arts Center from Kansas City, MO

Spotlight Dance Cup –  Cry To Me – Allegro Performing Arts Academy from Kent, WA

Applause Talent – Bathing Beauties – Dance Etc. from Milford, OH

Groove – Money – Z Company from Lebanon, OH

Turn It Up – Broadway Melody – Theater Dance Center from Flanders, NJ

Best Hip Hop

KAR – Social Order – La Bella Dance Co. from Clovis, CA

Rainbow – Floor Rockers – The Rage from Granada Hills, CA

Countdown – Baby Boy – Temecula Dance Company from Temecula, CA

Masquerade – We Bout That Life – Dance Force from Clarksville, TN

StarQuest – Storm Troopin – BSDA from Seffner, FL

Spotlight Dance Cup – Stripes – Steps Dance Center from Aurora, IL

Applause Talent – Where We From – Gotta Dance from Washington Township, MI

Groove – Royalty – Dollhouse Dance Factory from Sheboygan, WI

Turn It Up – All Hands On Deck – Nashville Dance Center from Nashville, TN

Best Open / Acro / Ballet

KAR – Fall Into Me – West Coast School of The Arts from Costa Mesa, CA

Rainbow – Wicked Game – Cutting Edge Dance Center from Phillips Ranch, CA

Countdown – Vienna – Evoke Dance Movement from Carlsbad, CA

Masquerade – Next To You – The Pulse Performing Arts Center from Kansas City, MO

StarQuest – One If By Land, Two If By Sea – Stephanie Kemp’s New England Dance Academy from North Attleboro, MA

Spotlight Dance Cup – Ribbons – Woodbury Dance Center from Woodbury, MN

Applause Talent – Elastic Heart – Ultimate Dance Complex from McMurry, PA

Groove – Pompeii – Adrenaline Dance Company from Miami, FL

Turn It Up – Revolution – Express Dance and Acrobatics from Milford, MA

Choreography of the Year

KAR – Wait – Murrieta Dance Project from Murrieta, CA

Rainbow – I Don’t Fit – Rock City Dance Center from Little Rock, AR

Countdown – Twice – Candance Studios from Gilbert, AZ

Masquerade – Dark – Woodbury Dance Center from Woodbury, MN

StarQuest – The Choice – Dream Dance Center Academy from Amityville, NY

Spotlight Dance Cup – Claire De Lune – Dance Creations from Simi Valley, CA

Applause Talent – Til It Happens To You – Havilah Dance Company from Matthews, NC

Groove – Labels – Mortons Dance Center from Landisville, PA

Turn It Up – Pieces From The Whole – Walkers from Lowell, MA

Best Performance of 2017

KAR – Body Love – Kitty Lees Dance Studio from Omaha, NE

Rainbow – Silhouette – Just Plain Dancin’ from Riverside, CA

Countdown – Another Level – Dancers Edge from Visalia, CA

Masquerade – Beyonce vs Bruno – Summit Dance Shoppe from Plymouth, MN

StarQuest – Queen! – Carolina Dance Capital from Charlotte, NC

Spotlight Dance Cup – Part Of Your World – Hart Academy of Dance from La Habra, CA

Applause Talent – I Want This – Sherry’s Academy of Dance from Carleton, MI

Groove – Saved By The Bell – Z Company from Lebanon, OH

Turn It Up – All Work No Play – Release Dance Academy from Levittown, PA

Matthew Caldwell

Mark your calendars! June 19, 2017

Tickets will be on sale for the 2017 Industry Dance Awards show at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, CA. – June 19, 2017 – Mark your calendars!

Adrian Ruiz

Maddie Ziegler Reveals What Sia Is Really Like Under Those Wigs

Maddie Ziegler and Sia are real-life BFFs. “The Insider With Yahoo” caught up with the 13-year-old dancer on Wednesday night at the Industry Dance Awards and she dished on what’s beneath the singer’s famous mops. “A beautiful, loving, caring face,” she said. “People are always like, ‘Is she pretty? Is she ugly?’ I’m like, ‘She’s gorgeous!’ And it’s not just on the outside but on the inside too.” Maddie first made a name for herself on Lifetime’s reality show, “Dance Moms,” but it was her impressive moves in Sia’s “Chandelier” music video that shot her to fame. Now the teen is gearing up to hit the road for the songbird’s “Nostalgic for the Present” tour and she couldn’t be more excited. “I’m so honored to be dancing with her for like six weeks,” she said. “Sia’s like my second mom. She’s like a best friend to me.” Check out the video to hear what Maddie had to say about slipping into those wigs on stage, and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” on TV tonight to see more from the Industry Dance Awards.

Adrian Ruiz

Full Video of Terry Schulke Dancer Against Cancer Dedication Piece


There’s this great fear… it’s fear, its debilitating, you can’t breath.. you can’t think… and I know. I have been there. I see it, I see it in their eyes. The fear for me in feels like someone is running after you but you cant find them and you can’t see them and you keep looking behind you and you feel them but they’re not there… thats what cancer feels like all the time. It never goes away and all you want to do is take a breath…

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