The 2012-2013 dance season was eventful for Steppin’ Out Dance Studio’s performance team, PAT PACK and the new season is shaping up to be bigger and better.

They are seeking intermediate to advanced dancers with lots of stage personality to join their award- winning team. Dancers will study ballet, lyrical and jazz with an additional elective class such as tap or hip hop. For the 2013-2014 competition season, PAT PACK will participate in three nationally recognized dance conventions and competitions, as well as perform in the spring recital, community and special events.

Last season, the team saw success at three regional competitions, where they received numerous awards including first place for “Le Jazz Hot” at DanceMakers, Inc. in Spartanburg, and platinum for the lyrical number “Eyes,” and double platinum for their jazz entry “Le Jazz Hot” at Showstoppers in Atlanta.  In addition, PAT PACK choreographer Jakeia Stribling received Best Choreography award for her rendition of “Le Jazz Hot.”

In solos, junior Daniel Baldwin, who was recently accepted to the Governor’s School residential program for classical and modern dance, received Mr. Teen DMI at the DMI competition in Charlotte , as well as the Steven Boyd scholarship award to compete at Nationals in Myrtle Beach in June, where he placed first runner-up.

“It felt wonderful to win and to hear the critiques from the judges about my technique, musicality and artistry.  It’s really moments like this that remind me how much I love to dance,” Baldwin said.

PAT PACK was created in 2009 by studio owner Amy Coleman to give her students not only the opportunity to perform and compete, but also to grow as dancers.