ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS – SATURDAY, MAY 13TH
The Jazz Unlimited Dance Ensemble is an award-winning, nationally recognized troupe of approximately 75 young performers who dedicate their time and energy FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE. Chosen for the group because of their talent, passion and potential, Ensemble members log thousands of hours in classes and have earned innumerable accolades from audiences inspired by their work.
The Ensemble dancers remain committed to furthering their dance education and giving back to their community. This year, they honed their craft at the Monsters of Hip Hop workshops and in classes given by master teachers such as Travis Wall and Stacey Tookey at the Nuvo Dance Convention. In December, the Ensemble traveled to New York City to attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and enjoyed classes led by the Rockettes dancers. The Ensemble also performed at the eighth annual DANCE 4 A CAUSE event created by Sammy Zweben. This year’s event benefited Make A Wish, a foundation that grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
The Ensemble received multiple honors for their performances this year. At Onstage NY, the Ensemble earned the “Class Act Award” for presenting themselves in a classy, professional, and age-appropriate manner on and off the stage. “Hunger of the Pine” (Jaclyn O’Rourke) received the prestigious OSNY Critics Choice Award and “Roots” (Jaclyn O’Rourke) received the Entertainment Award. The Ensemble also earned the Entertainment Award at Beyond the Stars competition in Voorhees, NJ for “But I Love It“ (Sky Hoffmann & Carrie Locklyn), a hip hop production number that showcased the entire JU Ensemble. Our dancers have worked very hard to perfect their ballet technique which did not go unnoticed as the ensemble was awarded the Outstanding Technique Award. Many of the Ensemble members have also won individual dance scholarships at the various dance conventions they attended and took home overall awards for their solos and duets. After a very successful dance year, please enjoy watching the Ensemble dancers show you why they LOVE to dance!