Alexia Meyer, 17, of Orem was named the Senior Outstanding Dancer at the prestigious New York City Dance Alliance national convention in New York City on July 5. Alexia, a senior at Orem's Mountain View High School, has placed as a runner-up in the mini, junior and teen categories but took the coveted prize this year! In addition to $1,000 in award money, she gets to tour for the competition year with NYCDA, which will make a stop in Salt Lake City on Nov. 2-3.
After a separate audition at NYCDA, Alexia also was awarded $98,000 in scholarships. Two universities offered her scholarships: $48,000 from Marymount Manhattan and $40,000 from Point Park. She'll have to choose which university she wants to attend. She also received $10,000 from the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation that she can use at the college of her choice. For the outstanding dancer competition, Alexia danced a piece called "Til-Enda," choreographed by Travis Wall (of So You Think You Can Dance fame)
Rachel Parkinson, 12, of Draper won the National Dancer of the Year at the Hollywood Vibe National Dance competition in Ohio at the end of June. They named one winner in each of two divisions (7-12 years old and one in the 13-18 year old division). Rachel won $800 and gets to travel to conventions to assist choreographers, with much of the tab being paid for.