Magazine article Dance Teacher

Legacy Dance Championships

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Legacy Dance Championships

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While many competitions allocate most of their grand prizes to their Nationals events. Legacy Dance Championships has shaken things up. The competition awards anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000 in scholarships and cash prizes at each of its regional events. And with about 45 regional stops (not to mention three Nationals), that's a lot of cash! But as Legacy director David Sanders says, it's all about giving back to teachers and dancers.

Sanders, who founded Legacy nine years ago, brings a wealth of experience to his organization: He's a former musical theater performer and a current studio owner on Long Island, NY.

When scheduling, Sanders aims to facilitate quick costume changes and give students appropriate breaks between multiple routines. Sanders stands by his promise to keep events on time (or early!), and Sundays, he says, will never end later than 10 pm.

This year, Legacy will offer a fall convention in four cities, though the conventions and competitions won't mix. (The convention tour ends in January; the competition tour begins in February.) Students can take 10-12 classes per weekend, though a one-day workshop experience is also available. Students will learn from experienced teachers, such as choreographer AC Ciulla and several "So You Think You Can Dance" finalists.

In 2014, Legacy-in partnership with M & I Dancewear-awarded three $1,000 tuition scholarships to high school seniors who were planning to major in dance the following fall. It's just another indication of Legacy's devotion to education and its students. …

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