Saturday, March 10, 2012
Three-time national champions honored by Virginia General Assembly on Thursday.
Just back from winning their third consecutive National Dance Alliance (NDA) Hip Hop championship, the West Springfield High School Dance Team (WSDT) received a standing ovation from the Virginia General Assembly on Thursday. The team was in Richmond to receive a Center Aisle Presentation from Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41), Dave Albo (R-42) and Charniele Herring (D-46). WSDT scored 9.986 at the national competition in Orlando, Fla. "It's one of the (if not the) highest score in NDA Hip Hop history," said a team member on the group's Facebook page. "Words can't explain how we feel. Thank you everyone who has supported us." Last year, WSDT competed in NBC's America's Got Talent, making it all the way into the finals. The team of 17 …
Monday, October 31, 2011
The West Springfield Dance Team brings their horror brand of dance to 'The View' for Halloween.
The West Springfield High School Dance Team (WSDT) brings their spooky style to ABC's The View on Halloween, October 31. The group will perform as part of the 11 a.m. show's annual spooky Halloween spectacular. This summer WSDT gained national recognition as they progressed through to the top 10 on America's Got Talent. WSDT, a competition team of 17 dancers, is coached by choreographers and creative directors Tara Perez and Jason King. WSDT won a second consecutive national dance team championship last spring.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
West Springfield Dance Team made it to the Top 10, but did not progress to the finals.
After months of preparation and weeks of tough competition, West Springfield Dance Team stood on the stage of America's Got Talent last night, one of four acts still in the running for two spots in the finals. But it was not to be. The Silhouettes, a dance troupe from Colorado, earned the coveted spot and will compete next week in the finals for a chance to win $1 million and an act in Las Vegas. The other three acts in the top four are singer Landau Eugene Murphy, the dance group Team iLuminate, and the band Poplyfe. Members of WSDT looked somber and nervous on stage, awaiting the voting results. When they lost, they responded with hallmark graciousness. They have reason to be proud. Not many high school dance teams have the …
Voting ends at 6 a.m. ET Wednesday, Sept. 7.
About 200 people gathered at West Springfield High School Tuesday night to watch the West Springfield Dance Team (WSDT) compete in the Top 10 of America's Got Talent. All three judges considered the group's performance "too predictable," but fans at West Springfield and on Twitter disagreed. "The group's style is their hallmark," said a student who watched the performance at the school. "Our school loves them [WSDT] no matter what," said freshman Taylor McMahon after the judges comments. And on twitter from lessonslrndblog: "THEY DID AWESOME!!! #WSDT rocks my world!!!" Overnight voting will determine which four of the ten acts move on to next week's final. Results will be announced Wednesday at 9 p.m. on NBC. You can vote for WSDT up to …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Fans gathering at West Springfield High School to watch the 9 p.m. NBC show.
Fans will gather in the West Springfield High School cafeteria at 9 tonight to watch as the West Springfield Dance Team (WSDT) competes against nine other acts on America's Got Talent. The four acts receiving the most votes after the show in overnight voting will advance to the finals, to be held September 13 and 14. The winner of America's Got Talent receives $1 million and a headline act in Las Vegas. Burke Patch will be at West Springfield High School to tweet and live blog.
Friday, August 26, 2011
WSDT returns to L.A. next week, to prepare for America's Got Talent finals.
Family, friends and fans of the West Springfield Dance Team (WSDT) provided a rousing homecoming at Dulles airport Thursday night. The group, one of ten finalists in NBC's hit show, America's Got Talent, is home for one week. They return to America's Got Talent next Wednesday. Burke Patch was invited to attend the welcoming, on the condition that no interviews be conducted. The team, school and family members are under a strict confidentiality agreement with NBC. WSDT will next compete on Tuesday, September 6. The following day, September 7, the four acts with the most votes will advance to the next round. All 10 finalists will perform again on Tuesday, September 13. The winner of America's Got Talent will be announced on Wednesday, …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
WSDT will compete with nine other acts for $1 million and a Las Vegas headliner show
It came down to two acts standing on stage and one slot remaining in the finals. West Springfield Dance Team and Daniel Joseph Baker listened as the judges decided their fate. "I believe this is the year of the dancer," said Howie Mandel. "So I'm going with West Springfield Dance Team." Piers Morgan followed. "This is the toughest decision we've ever had," he said just before announcing his choice for WSDT. That meant two out of three, and Sharon Osbourne did not need to vote. The dancers stood in stunned disbelief until host Nick Cannon told them, "You're in!" WSDT will compete with nine other groups in the America's Got Talent finals. The winner receives $1 million and a headliner show in Las Vegas. Following is the text of our live …
50 fans gather at Glory Days in Burke
"You pulled it off again," said America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne to the West Springfield (High School) Dance Team (WSDT), following Tuesday night's semi-finals performance. "Your choreographers are brilliant," she said. "Always perfection." WSDT is the only act on NBC's hit show that has performed live three weeks in a row. They had only four days to create, produce and perfect this latest dance. The team has remained in Hollywood since August 1, just before their first appearance on the hit talent show. "I thought that one was better than either of the last two," said judge Piers Morgan. About 50 people gathered at Glory Days in Burke last night to watch the performance. Kate Declark, a 2011 graduate, danced with the team …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The group performs Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. on NBC.
“If you’re scared of the dark, be afraid,” said Nick Cannon, America’s Got Talent host, as he introduced the West Springfield Dance Team (WSDT) last Tuesday night. Decked out in frizzy green hair and ghoulish face paint, the 17 dancers strutted and spun from the show’s Wild Card round to the semifinals. They will compete tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC. Despite consensus from judges Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel that the squad’s Wild Card performance was subpar to their first showing on Aug. 9, WSDT garnered enough votes to become one of 24 remaining contestants. “They did a professional job,” said Paul Wardinski, principal of West Springfield High School. “Their dedication shows in their dancing.” Group members were unavailable to speak with …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Chosen as one of the four Wild Card acts; progressing to next week's semi-finals.
West Springfield High School Dance Team (WSDT) has been chosen to progress to the America's Got Talent semi-finals. Within the first ten minutes of Wednesday night's Wild Card Results, WSDT heard the good news from America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon. When asked to comment, all one of the team members could say was, "I'm speechless right now." Judge Sharon Osbourne, who chose the team as one of her Wild Card acts last week, looked as stunned and thrilled as the team members. "There is an audience for you," she said, referring to the team as the "horror dance group." "America has spoken." Tuesday night's performance left some thinking the group had missed their chance. "I didn't see one move that really blew me away," said Howie …