Former 'World of Dance' Contestants Win Big at The Dance Awards in Orlando

by Kristyn Burtt | 7/24/2019 1:36 PM

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The Dance Awards have come to a close for 2019. Dance Network already took a look at the Senior and Teen winners from the Las Vegas competition, so it's time to shine a light at the winners from the event in Orlando last week.


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As a reminder, we are focusing in on the Teen and Senior categories for Best Dancer winners because these are the artists who are already making an impact on the dance scene. However, make sure to check out the Mini and Junior winners because they are rising through the ranks quickly.


Here are your Orlando winners:


Best Teen Dancer, Female: Ruby Castro

Ruby Castro needs no introduction to So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation and World of Dance fans. This talented Dance Town performer has grown tremendously in her artistry over the years and we can't wait to see what's next for her.

Her solo, "Beautiful Hacker," was choreographed by Timmy Blakenship, who is headed to USC Kaufman as a member of the Class of 2023.


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Best Teen Dancer, Male: Murphy Lee

Murphy Lee added another Dance Awards accolade to his shelf this year. He's already the 2015 Junior Male Best Dancer, so he can now add the Teen category to his list of accomplishments.


He trains at Performing Dance Arts, which also won Studio of the Year in Orlando. Lee's "Am I Vital" solo was choreographed by Shaping Sound's Teddy Forance.


Best Senior Dancer, Female: Vivian Ruiz

Vivian Ruiz won America over with her story of heartbreak on Season 2 of World of Dance. The contemporary dancer found her voice through dance and her hard work post-World of Dance has paid off with this year's Dance Award title.


She trains at one of Miami's hottest studios, Stars Dance Studio, owned by Victor Smalley and Angel Armas. They have developed dancers like Diana Pombo, Logan Hernandez and Brady Farrar.


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Best Senior Dancer, Male: D'angelo Castro

Dance Town does it again! With sister Ruby Castro taking home the Teen category, D'Angelo kept it all in the family with a Senior category win. He won the Teen Male Best Dancer in 2016.

The World of Dance and America's Got Talent veteran has grown up before our eyes. Let's hope Season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance is in his future.

Don't miss Dance Network's 'To The Pointe' interview with Season 16 'So You Think You Can Dance' Top-20 contestant, Sofia Ghavami: