Delray Beach Dancer Wins the National Society of Arts and Letters Regional Dance Competition. Earns Spot to compete in Upcoming $10,000 Dance-Off

Top Quote Dancer Kassi Abreu takes Top Honors in the NSAL South Florida Dance Contest. Heads to Alabama to Showcase her Choreography during the National Competition. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) March 18, 2011 - A young dancer from Delray Beach, Kassi Abreu, took home the top prize at South Florida's National Society of Arts and Letters Dance Competition on Saturday, March 12th. The event was held in the Crest Theatre at Old School Square in Delray Beach. Twenty -three talented young dancers ranging in age from 18 to 32 competed for $2,000 in prize money and bragging rights. They showcased their choreography talent in ballet, modern, or jazz before an audience of family members, friends, judges, and curious onlookers. Abreu performed her piece "Unaccompanied" to Prelude by Bach.

    "It's surreal to think my choreography has gotten notice. This was my first opportunity to showcase my work and I am so grateful that everyone enjoyed my movement," said Abreu. She said she was inspired to perform the piece after reading a quote.

    "It stated that an artist is usually unaccompanied and they like their alone time and are considered loners. I completely disagree with that thought. The music, lights, everyone in the audience is our company. I may not physically have someone with me but the energy, the mentality of performing for someone in the audience always surrounds us. I am never unaccompanied the music alone is my partner."

    Abreu, a graduate of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, is no stranger to the stage. She performs as a dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and will soon be a featured dancer with the company O Dance in West Palm Beach.

    2nd prize went to Ronderrick Mitchell who performed his piece "Get Out" to Lauryn Hill's music. 3rd prize was awarded to Ivy Canapa, for her piece titled Homeward Bound. The competitors were judged by a group of distinguished arts and dance professionals. Past NSAL winners include actress Shirley MacLaine and Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Gelan Lambert, Jr.

    With the win Abreu gets to compete in the national competition in Birmingham, Alabama with $10,000 in prize money up for grabs as well as an invitation to one of NSAL's signature events, The Red Rose Gala held in Deerfield Beach in April.

    To interview NSAL regional director Shari Upbin or Dancer Kassi Abreu contact Tandi Wilder Senior Publicist- She Got Game Media twilder ( @ ) shegotgame dot com, (914) 572-3671.

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