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With an incredibly deep talent pool in the dance industry, The Dance Awards have become one of the top places to discover fresh faces. With the West Coast competition in Las Vegas complete, it's time to take a look at those dancers who should be on your radar. In fact, some might already be familiar names to you.
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. Do keep your eyes on the Mini and Junior winners because they are coming up quickly behind the older dancers.
Let’s take a look at the Las Vegas winners:
Best Teen Dancer, Female: Bostyn Brown
Bostyn Brown, 15, hails from Club Dance Studio in Mesa, Arizona, where Dancing With the Stars: Juniors pro JT Church trains. Bostyn was also the Best Junior Dancer, Female at The Dance Awards in 2016. Her solo, “Face Blocking,” was choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance Emmy winner, Travis Wall.
She has also been seen on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation Academy episodes and on Season 8 of America's Got Talent with the dance troupe, Fresh Faces.
Best Teen Dancer, Male: Holden Maples
Holden Maples, 15, is also a veteran of The Dance Awards after winning Best Junior Dancer, Male in 2016 alongside Bostyn Brown. He trains at Westlake Dance Center in Seattle, Washington and is a part of Embodiment The Collective Jr, run by Rudy Abreu.
Best Senior Dancer, Female: Ellie Wagner
Ellie Wagner, 16, is very familiar to World of Dance audiences after she and her sister, Ava, placed third on Season 3. She trains at her family's studio, Larkin Dance Studio, which has produced incredible dancers like Eva Igo and Taylor Sieve. It's also interesting to note that fellow World of Dance competitor, Lauren Yakima, was the first runner-up in this stacked category.
Her solo, "I Will Always Love You" was choreographed by Travis Wall.
Best Senior Dancer, Male: Findlay McConnell
Findlay McConnell, 17, trains at Elite Danceworx in Toronto, Canada, and he's headed to USC Kaufman next year as a member of the Class of 2023. He competed on Season 3 of World of Dance with the male quartet, Moving 4ward, where they were eliminated in The Cut round. In 2018, Travis Wall named him one of his muses to choreograph on — that's some pretty high praise!
The Dance Awards in Orlando will be taking place July 12-19, where another set of winners will be crowned.
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