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Lewiston Dance Center awards scholarships

by jmaloni
Sat, Aug 28th 2010 02:00 pm

The Lewiston Dance Center has announced that Alexandra Westadt and Madison Cichocki have been awarded the Abbondanza-Gallo Dance Scholarship from the center for the year 2010-11. Lewiston Dance Center's junior scholarship winner for the 2010-11 dance season is Holly Kolkmeyer.

Alexandra is the daughter of Bill and Rheesa Westadt of Youngstown, and entering ninth grade at Lewiston-Porter High School. This will be her 11th year dancing at Lewiston Dance Center. She takes ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, modern, and lyrical. Alex also is a demonstrator with Lewiston Dance. She enjoys dance, soccer and hanging out with her friends.

"Maddie and Alex worked hard all year, hoping to win the scholarships. Alex was so happy to be awarded the scholarship and is very grateful to Lewiston Dance Center for all of their support," says Rachel Novelli, owner/operator of Lewiston Dance Center.

Madison is the daughter of Kristin Cianchetti, and Erik Cichocki. She will be entering the ninth grade at Mount St. Mary's Academy in Kenmore. "She lives to dance and she loves to teach the younger dancers," says Novelli.

This will be her eighth year dancing at Lewiston Dance Center, and she will be taking ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, musical theater and is even considering breakdancing. Maddie is also hoping to perform a lyrical duet with Alexandra, When she's not at dance, which is not very often, she plays soccer and basketball.

"I feel honored that my teachers chose me for the Abbondanza-Gallo Scholarship. It gave me something to strive for during the year," says Madison. "It also gave me more confidence as a dancer knowing that all my hard work has paid off. I'm hoping that one day I will pursue dance in college, because it is truly my passion. My dream is to follow in the footsteps of Miss Kathy and attend Julliard College."

Those interested in classes can register or receive more information at the Lewiston Dance Center, located at 781 Cayuga St., in the Mini Plaza next to Favorite's Pizza, or by calling 754-7002 or 773-1075.

"We offer special classes for pre-schoolers, as well as ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, hip-hop, contemporary, breakdancing and Zumba from ages 3 to adult. Come join our dance family!" says Novelli. 

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