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D.C. Dance Legend Launches Annual Competition

Three-time Tony Award winner and D.C. native Hinton Battle is launching a national dance-off competition in the D.C. area.

Danzeoff, which will take place Feb. 3-5 at the lux Gaylord National Hotel at the National Harbor, will serve as a kickoff event to an annual showcase that will host more than 40 top dance studios, collegiate teams and dance artists from all around the country.

Battle, who left the city in 1968 at the tender age of 12 to accept a scholarship to study at The School of American Ballet in New York City, said he relishes being able to bring additional dance opportunities to youth from his hometown.

“This unique convention competition brings my friends, the best faculty from around the world to teach and inspire those studying dance,” he said. “[The competition] provides that rare opportunity to be seen by professional theatrical agents.

“The competition provides an excellent opportunity for families, teachers, and the public to watch and experience firsthand,” he said. “Amateur and pre-professional dancers of all levels will bring their best, to compete for amazing scholarships, cash prizes and awards.”

A panel of celebrities will join Battle to judge performances in all dance genres including but not limited to jazz, ballet and tap, for five different levels of competition, ranging from “minis” (age 6-8) to pre-professionals (age 18-up). The competition will provide instructional feedback, cash prizes and awards.

The celebrity judges will include renowned actress and choreographer Debbie Allen and Tony Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover.

For more information, visit www.danzeoff.com or call 888-275-7870.

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