BRANDON – Fans of the Lifetime reality show “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” are invited to meet the show’s stars and get some dance tips when The Ultimate Dance Tour makes a stop in Brandon on Saturday.
In cooperation with Kim Hall’s School of Dance, 501 W. Robertson St., Brandon, five cast members competing on Season 2 of the television show will be on hand to meet fans and perform dances from the show.
“This is really exciting,” said Laura-Lorenza Hall-Perez, media coordinator for the school. “It’s a great opportunity for both dancers and fans of the show. And this show has a ton of fans, including dancers and those who simply enjoy watching dance.”
Hall-Perez said the staff and students at the school were thrilled when the show’s producers approached the Brandon dance studio about participating in the nationwide Ultimate Dance Tour.
Kim Hall’s School of Dance was founded in 1982 by Hall-Perez’ mother, Kim Hall-Perez. A graduate of Brandon High School, Hall Perez began dancing at age 5. After graduating, she worked as a professional dancer in Acapulco, Mexico.
“I had been teaching dance since I was 16 and really enjoyed introducing young people to the art of dance,” said Hall-Perez. “So, I decided to come back to Brandon and open my own dance studio.”
In the past two decades, Hall-Perez’ students have gone on to perform with such celebrities as Michael Jackson, Brittany Spears and Rihanna.
But it wasn’t only the dance studio’s national reputation that attracted the show’s producers, said Hall-Perez. They also were intrigued with the school’s focus on aerial dance arts. A year ago, Hall-Perez outfitted her studio with trapeze equipment and recruited former Ringling Bros. Circus aerial artist Joyce Lemos, now with Universal Studios, to teach her students this popular form of modern dance.
The studio now has about 50 dancers age 8 to 18 enrolled in its aerial dance classes.
“The producers of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition were looking at our website and saw that we had aerial dance classes,” said Hall-Perez. “They were looking for an opportunity to broaden their dancers’ aerial skills and asked us to set up a private class for the cast members.”
Hall-Perez said all dancers and dance fans in the area are invited to participate in The Ultimate Dance Tour Nov. 2.
The dance studio will host two sessions that day: one for kids ages 11 and under from 1 to 7 p.m. and a session for dance fans ages 12 and up from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Participants signing up for the $60 Fan Package will meet cast members Gianna, Haley, Travis, Tyler and Sarina, accompanied by their mothers, have an opportunity to ask questions, see a performance showcase by the cast members, have photos taken with the cast members and will receive an autographed photo of the cast and “Ultimate Fan” bracelet.
Participants signing up for the $85 Ultimate Fan Package additionally will attend a master dance class led by New York City Knicks cheerleader and choreographer Alyssa Quezada, assisted by the cast members.
“It’s a great opportunity for anyone who loves dance,” said Hall Perez. “We even have some adults signing up.”
To register and purchase tickets for The Ultimate Dance Tour, visit www.audckimhall.eventbrite.com.
To learn more about the cast members of Season 2 “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” visit www.mylifetime.com/shows/abbys-ultimate-dance-competition/cast/season-2.