Momentum Academy Dance earns Star Talent dance awards
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Momentum Academy Dance’s MAD Company, under the direction of Carrie Kramar, completed its competition season on May 3 at Star Talent Productions Dance Competition in Knoxville.

MAD was a big winner at the competition as well as others in which they competed during the season.

This is MAD’s second year competing and opening as a studio. It was in five competitions and one workshop this dance season.

MAD took 16 solos, two duos and five groups to Star Talent Dance Competition.

Soloists did a great job winning overalls placements.

Isbella Lajas, 5, in her first year competing, received High Gold third-place Overall. Madeline Schultz received High Gold Fifth Overall, both in the Mini Division.

In Petite Division, Emma Sutton placed High Gold Fourth Overall. Megan Whitley placed Platinum Third Overall. Junior Excel Division Taylor Thomas placed High Gold Sixth Overall, Gracie Clark Platinum third Place Overall, Shelby Satterfield Platinum second Overall and Marissa Graham Platinum Grand Champion.

In the Junior Extreme Division, Kamryn Woody placed High Gold Ninth Place Overall; Alyssa Avratin Platinum Third Place Overall; and Madelyn Whitley Platinum Second Place Overall.

In the Teen Excel Division, Lindsey Marrie placed High Gold Fifth Overall and Katie Chancey, Platinum second Place Overall. In the last competition Katie was Grand Champion of her division as well.

Senior Extreme Division winners were Julia Kazy, second Overall, and Allie Elliott, fifth Overall.

Senior Excel Nikki Lewis placed second Overall.

In duos partners Marissa Graham and Katie Chancey received Platinum Junior Excel Grand Champion for their dance to “Canvas.”

Katie Chancey with Lindsey Marrie received a Platinum Grand Champion for their Duo “PomPeii” in the Teen Excel Division

MAD’s Petite Company’s jazz dance “Candy Crush” received High Gold and Grand Champion in Mini Excel Division.

Junior Company received a Platinum and Grand Champion in their division for their lyrical dance to “Sky Scraper.”

The Senior Company’s group number received Platinum and Grand Champion for their lyrical dance to “Over the Love.”

MAD’s large line group consisting of Junior and Senior Company danced a jazz routine with acro, tumbling and fantastic costumes to “A Little Party,” which won a Platinum Grand Champion in the Junior Extreme Division.

MAD’s Teen Group “Royals” placed a Platinum second place Overall just behind Senior’s group “Over the Love.”

With five groups, MAD Company won five Grand Champion Awards and second Overall. Groups have won other Grand Champion Awards at other competitions this season but came away with a grand sweep at this one.

Carrie Kramar, MAD’s owner and artistic director at the age of 20, still competes. She won Grand Champion in the Adult Category with a Platinum Plus Award, plus the Judges Award for the Most Emotional Performance. Kramer has won Top Honors at all five competitions this season.

She competes to show her students that just because you graduate from school does not mean dancing will end if you truly love the art.

Kramar also won “Top Choreography Award” for “Over the Love.” This is her fifth top choreography award this competition season. This award is usually given out only at the end of each competition with only one or two dances picked for it.

Kramar has also been chosen to choreograph four music videos this summer for a new up and coming artist from Nashville.

Kamryn Woody, 11, daughter of Angie Bramlett and Jimmy Woody and a member of MAD Junior Company received one of only four Prestige Scholarship Awards. This award is given to a dancer they feel shows the spirit of dance, who dances their heart out, has a great attitude on the stage and is an overall great dancer.

Kamryn received a $1,000 Broadway Bound Scholarship to New York City for a dance convention with top-name choreographers in the business for a week.

MAD company’s greatest honor this season of competing was winning the best award any studio can win at a competition. The competition’s staff observes each studio in terms of how it functions backstage — are they friendly and courteous to all backstage, are they on time with schedule, do they encourage and congratulate other dancers from other studios as they are entering or leaving the stage, are directors supporting their dancers as well as others behind the scenes, and do they show good sportsmanship at all times?

Some call it the “Sportsmanship Award” others “Studio of the Competition” or “Studio Encore Award.”

This year MAD Company attended five competitions and received four of the awards.

It is an honor to receive this award for the dancers and director.

Momentum Academy Dance will begin the summer sessions with tumbling, extreme flexibility, ballet intensives and camps.

Any dancer who would like to become a member of MAD Company may audition Aug. 2 at the studio, located at 125 Inman St. in Cleveland.

MAD Company will be adding additional competitive dance teams this year including a ballet competitive company directed by Alexis Ziarkowski, MAD’s senior ballet teacher and director of Lee’s Unity Dance Troupe and a HIP-HOP Competitive Dance Team with MAD’s James Vassell directing.

MAD Competitive Cheer will be new for next year with auditions on May 17 directed by Heather Pendergrass and tumbling director David Pendergrass.

Anyone wanting information can email MAD at for more information.