Sienna Morris, an eight-year-old dancer from The Conservatory of Dance in Wilton, participated in the six-day Turn It Up National Competition in Long Branch, N.J., late last month. She placed third in the highly competitive Title Division and then went on to place fourth out of 25 competitors in the Mini Solo division.
Sienna qualified for the national event in late March when her solo routine won the title of Mini Miss Turn It Up at the Turn It Up Dance Challenge in Bridgeport.
“Title competitions consist of three scoring categories” Christine Titus, director of The Conservatory of Dance, explained in a press release. “Competitors are evaluated on their dance, a head shot, and a 30-second on-stage introduction. Sienna nailed her acrobatic/jazz dance solo to the song of “5-6-7-8” and showed terrific poise for an eight-year-old during her on-stage introduction where multiple judges commented on Sienna’s infectious personality.”
Sienna’s award-winning routine was choreographed by Conservatory of Dance instructor Alicia Magliaro.
Sienna, along with the other mini-team dancers, takes three days of ballet instruction and tap and jazz classes. The mini team will be adding a lyrical class next year. She has also been on the Level 3 gymnastics team at the Wilton YMCA for the past two years.
The dance studio has added 14 more dancers to its mini and junior competitive dance teams and has added a performance team.