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Local dance studio wins national titles

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By: Jon Rombaoa

Hard work, dedication and commitment helped a local studio make heads turn on the national stage last week in Las Vegas as they won not one, not two, but three grand national dance titles.

From July 7 to July 12, Studio 808 Dance Project competed with 56 national and international studios in the national dance championship competition Kids Artistic Revue.  Despite being their first time participating in the competition, the Waipahu based dance studio earned top honors winning three out of eight Top Grand National Titles, which is the most Grand National Titles awarded to any one studio for Overall High Score.

Along with the three Grand National Titles, Studio 808 Dance Project also won other awards including Studio of the Year, Choreographer of the Year, Most Entertaining and many other age division highest top score awards.

Studio 808 Dance Project was founded in 2000 by two couples, Tammy and Richard Aea and Marie and Rudy Baldonado with 13 students.  Since then, the daughters of the founders, Kayce Aea and Melody Baldonado have taken over as Studio Directors.  

The studio is bringing their nationally award winning routines back home and debuting them in their concert entitled "Tribute" on August 8 and August 9 at the Leeward Community College Theater.  If you would like to see the dancers in action, tickets for their concert will be available from July 20.  For more information, call Studio 808 Dance Project at (808) 680-0695.

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