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Competition Team’s 2018-2019 Performance Season
Written by Joe Naftal on October 2, 2018

Miss Mary was very excited to announce the competition team‘s upcoming performance season at their recent rehearsal and team meeting and we’re even more excited to share their season with all of you!  Spoiler alert….it’s going to be AMAZING!

“What sets Dance Connection’s competition team apart is that it is a performance team as well as a competition team.  We aim to have an equal balance of competing at industry dance events as well as performing in traditional theatrical venues that can offer dancers a glimpse into the professional dance world as well as give them once-in-a-lifetime opportunities”


Mary Naftal

Artistic Director

Rock the City Convention

To start off the season, the dancers are being given the opportunity to train at the Rock the City Convention in Hauppauge.  The convention, run by True Talent Competition, provides masterclasses with teachers from the dance capital of the world!  The dancers will learn the newest trends in Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz & Musical Theater!

Emily Civitella and Ginger Mastrosimone at Rock the City in 2017

Islip Holiday Parade

Our dancers will be bringing the Dance Connection holiday spirit to all of Main Street at the Islip Holiday parade along with our festive light-up float! This year, we’ll be expanding this opportunity to even more of the studio community, so stay tuned….

Dance Connection’s float in the 2017 Islip Holiday Parade

Make-A-Wish Foundation Holiday Party

One of our most special performances every year, the team will attend the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation holiday party at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, performing for the wish families and dancing with them as well!

Step into Christmas – A Holiday Musical Spectacular

This year, Dance Connection is starting off on a really awesome adventure…  We’re producing our own full-length holiday show!  The show will be at CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale on Sunday, December 16th.  This event will also have auditions to include more people from the studio community.  

Rockettes Advanced Class

Dancers will be given the opportunity to attend the Rockettes Advanced workshop in New York city.  The class is taught by two Radio City Rockettes and is followed by attending a performance of the Christmas Spectacular!

Dance Connection at the Rockette Workshop in 2009

Making Wishes Grow

This winter will feature our third annual Making Wishes Grow benefit concert raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Making Wishes Grow includes performers from all across Long Island.  Dance Connection is the proud presenting sponsor.

Dancers Responding to AIDs

At the end of February, the team will dance studios from across the Tri-state area and perform at a fundraising show for Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA) a sub-division of BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDS.

True Talent Regionals

True Talent believes in creating a unique experience for ALL participants. They have so many ways of creating family fun and entertainment during our time with them!

The DCCT at True Talent Competition in 2018

Dancers Inc. Regionals

At the cutting edge of the dance competition/convention industry, Dancers Inc. brings only the finest teachers, judges, and choreographers from around the country. Their mission is to provide the most personal and professional of services while creating a safe and constructive learning environment for our dance students.

Long Island Ducks Performance

Each year the competition team performs a pre-game performance at the Long Island Ducks Stadium!

Dancers Inc. Nationals

Rounding out the season, this year’s nationals will be held in Hershey Park, PA!

Joe Naftal

Joe Naftal is the Marketing Director for Dance Connection. When not working at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera. In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe collaborates with Dance Studio Owners across the country, is a member of the Panel of Experts, has been featured in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine, and was on the seminar faculty for the 2016 Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).