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Parallel & Directors

Parallel

Captains & Directors

Parallel Performance Company

(for ages 12+)

Parallel is S1D2’s award-winning non-competitive performance company, under the direction of Jessica Gallew and Ashley Lowman. S1D2 students devote their time to rehearse and perform within the community, in New York City, and at various dance conventions. Students audition to become a member or an apprentice within the company.

Step 1 Dance 2 Academy’s amazingly talented performance company has won numerous awards such as Creative Choreography, STUDIO OF THE WEEKEND, student scholarships, Studio SELECTION, Standout Performances from Artist Simply Human (ASH) and Broadway Dance Centers, Artist in Motion (AIM), on scholarship with a two-time Technical Excellence Award and Creative Choreography Award from the past three years.

We strive for these young dancers to understand, master, and be challenged through the art of dance in a nurturing and positive atmosphere. Our goal is for them to become young professional dancers and/or enjoy this passionate art form while performing within the company. We believe in finding ones inner fire and positively pushing those limits endlessly. We are a FAMILY!

You can follow them on Instagram at @parallelperformance.

Parallel 2018-2019

2018-2019

Parallel 2017-2018

2017-2018

Parallel 2016-2017

2016-2017

Parallel 2016-2017

2015-2016

Parallel-Paradigm Company Auditions
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2019-2020 Parallel Performance Company

Bryce Sale

Bryce Sale

Captain

My name is Bryce Sale. I’m a senior in high school and one of the captains for Parallel Performance Company. I have been with Step 1 Dance 2 since they opened. The styles I take are Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Partnering, and Break. I enjoy dancing, art, and music production. Some fun facts about me are that I was the very first student to enroll at the studio, and I have a bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand, which means my blood doesn’t clot.

Abby Scaggs

Abby Scaggs

Captain

My name is Abby! I am one of the Captains on Parallel Performance Co. I have danced with S1D2 for almost seven years, and I’ve been on Parallel for five years! Dancing with this studio and being on the company has given me some of the best experiences of my life. Being at the studio with my friends and the instructors has made me who I am today. I plan to pursue dance after I graduate. I am looking at several schools that have dance programs so I can further my career. Being on Parallel has taught me discipline, professionalism, and most importantly authenticity. I am sad that this is my last year with S1D2 and Parallel, but I am soaking in every last moment I get with my instructors and the other members. I am very excited for this season. It’s going to be great!

Tia Hydock

Tia Hydock

Co-Captain

Hello! My name is Tia, and I am 16 years old. I’m a junior in high school. I have been dancing for 13 years and this will be my 8th year dancing at Step 1 Dance 2. This will be my 4th year as part of the company and every year has been so much fun! In my free time, I practice special effects makeup and hope to pursue it as a career. I’m excited to be able to perform with everyone and bond even more with them. I love being a part of the company because everyone is so welcoming and makes you feel loved. 

Emma Trump

Emma Trump

Member

Hi my name is Emma Trump aka Polly Pocket to all my dance friends! I am 17 years old and in my senior year of high school! I have been dancing for 14 years and this will be my seventh year at Step 1 Dance 2 which is crazy as time has just flown by. This is my fifth season with the company and I’m super excited about the growth this new year has to bring and enjoying every last moment with the people at S1D2. Being at S1D2 has been one of the best experiences of my life and it has taught me so much about believing in myself, staying true to who I am, and doing what makes me happy. Not to mention all the wonderful people and friendships dance has brought into my life. My peers and instructors here at the studio always brighten my day and they truly have become my second family. I hope to incorporate dance into my life in some way after graduation as I can’t imagine letting it go completely. Which is why I hope to minor in dance in college with a major in either hospitality management or psychology to become an event planner. Dance is such a great outlet for me to relax, be in the moment and shut everything else out for awhile. I am so excited to experience this dance year alongside all the other company members!

Zoe Katz

Zoe Katz

Member

Zoë Katz has been a member of the Parallel Performance Company for four years. She is sixteen years old and a sophomore in high school. She has been dancing for over ten years, nine of which have been spent with Step 1 Dance 2 Academy. Currently, she takes part in honor societies and clubs in school, and has leadership roles at her studio as a protege. She is extremely excited to take part in this years 2019-2020 season surrounded by her teammates, friends, and family. Zoë believes she loves to dance because of the environment she surrounds herself at her studio, making it feel like another home. She is forever grateful for the friendships she makes at her studio, and the new things dance teaches her everyday.

Summer Salos

Summer Salos

Member

Hi! My name is Summer Salos, I am 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I have been dancing for 13 years and this is my second year at S1D2 and on Parallel Performance Co. I take all styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, acro, partnering, and hip hop. I do not have a favorite style of dance because each style lets me show a different side of my personality! I would love to major in dance at college and become a studio owner or a professional dancer/dance teacher. I am so excited to make new memories this year and shine our light throughout the dance world!

Hannah Getek

Hannah Getek

Member

Hi I’m Hannah and I am 14 years old. I am a dancer and love it so much, it is my favorite thing to do! I tried gymnastics, field hockey and horseback riding, but dance is my favorite of all of them. I started dancing 3 years ago when I was in 5th grade. The first year I danced, I tried ballet and Acro. I really enjoyed both of those classes and wanted to keep on dancing the next year. Last year I was a member of Parallel dance team. It was fun and everyone was so nice. It was also challenging and hard but I still tried my best.

I like to hangout with my friends during my free time when I don’t have dance. I love going to the beach in the summer and going on golf cart rides with my cousin and some friends. I love the dance environment and everything about it. I love to learn new choreography and help out with fundraising. I like to help with little kids and be a protege on Monday for pre dance and Friday for acro. I would like to continue dancing as I get older and maybe see if I can attend a dance college.

I have a duet this year with my new Paradigm friend. She is so nice and funny. I am excited to learn an acro duet with her, she has become such a good friend. Thank you for reading this, I just wanted to share some things about me and my love for dance!

Kaleigh Hart

Kaleigh Hart

Member

Hi, my name is Kaleigh. I am 17 years old and I am a senior in high school. I have been dancing since I was 4 years old and competitively for about 4 years now, however this is my first year with Parallel and I could not be more excited! My favorite part of Parallel is all the amazing friendships and FUN I get to have going to dance everyday! My hope for the future is a career in choreography/teaching dance and being on Parallel, working with so many different instructors/ choreographers has already helped me grow so much! I’m very sad that this is my first and last year here with Parallel, but I know the relationships with my instructors and other members will last a lifetime! SO excited to see what this year has in store for us!

Ava Wolski

Ava Wolski

Apprentice Plus

Hello My name is Ava Wolski. I am 12 years old, and have been dancing for about 6 years. I started with a Jazz class then took Hip Hop the next year, and that really sparked my love for dance. Last year I joined the Paradigm performance company. What I really loved about the group was when we traveled to Philadelphia, New York City and then to Orlando for Nationals. It was great to be a part of an amazing group of dancers. This year I moved up to the Parallel performance company as an Apprentice Plus which is such an amazing experience. I am also a Protege-in-Training and am enjoying working with the younger kids and other Proteges.

I am really looking forward to this year in Parallel, and all my classes. The first two months I have learned so much and really enjoy my fellow classmates and instructors. I really can’t wait to see how much we will all grow in the coming months and the year ahead.

Ellie Bazzell

Ellie Bazzell

Apprentice Plus

Hi, my name is Ellie! I am twelve years old and I am an Apprentice Plus on Parallel for the 2019-2020 season. This is my eighth year dancing at Step 1 Dance 2 and I love every second of it. I am so incredibly lucky to have a supportive family. My parents are with me every step of the way.

Step 1 Dance 2 has given me so many opportunities and experiences; I have learned so much. The biggest thing I have learned from dancing at Step 1 Dance 2 is that you should shine and share your light with everyone around you. I can’t wait to be a part of Parallel for the 2019-2020 season!

Shelby Collier

Shelby Collier

Apprentice

My name is Shelby Collier, I am in 7th grade and this is my first year as an Apprentice in the Parallel Performance Company. I am also a 2nd year Protege for the studio. I love being at the studio whether its taking classes instructed by my amazingly talented teachers or helping to show younger students how they can improve in their classes.
I have 2 brothers and an incredible mom and dad who have been very helpful and loyal with my dance life. My friends would describe me as helpful, respectful and caring to those in and outside of the studio. Dance takes my worries away, allows me to express myself and have fun. I love dance and I am looking forward to this dance year and what it brings me.
Sydnee Carr

Sydnee Carr

Apprentice

My name is Sydnee Carr and this is my third year dancing with Step 1 Dance 2 and my second year in the dance company. I enjoy learning new choreography and different styles of dance. Beginning this year, I have had the opportunity to work with younger students as a protege-in-training. I am a seventh grader and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. I have two older brothers, an older sister, a cat named Max and a golden retriever named Lexa. In addition to dance, I play field hockey most of the year.

Parallel Alumni

Check out our Parallel Alumni and see how some of them are pursuing Dance in college and as a career.

“The moment of in between why you once were, and who you are becoming now, is where the dance of life truly takes place.”

Cameryn Kelly

2019

Cameryn Kelly

2019

What is Cam up to?

I recently became an alumni from Step One Dance Two, so not too much has changed so far. However, during my last trip with the performance companies to the Artists Simply Human Nationals in Orlando Florida, I was selected to be a part of their second season of ASH the company! Along with this, I recently started studying as a trainee through CLI studios where I will be mentored by some of the biggest names in the industry. As I head off to college to study dance at Point Park University, I continuously get more excited to see what opportunities the future will hold!

Maisie Daniels

2018

Alexandra Heyn

2018

Jessica Mortillaro

2018

Jessi Mortillaro

2018

What is Jessi up to?

Since I left Step 1 Dance 2 Academy I’ve continued my education in dance at Towson University. I primarily train in ballet, modern, and composition at school. I have been in multiple student choreographed pieces and have even staged a piece of my own at Towson’s 2018 Inertia showcase. As I leave school, I hope to have a diverse career in dance that includes, but not limited to, performing on stage in musicals, starting my own company and presenting choreography, and teaching classes to students of all levels.

Nikki Blades

2017

Nikki Blades

2017

What is Nikki up to?

I’m currently a Junior at Goucher College where I’m double majoring in dance and communications and media studies. While at Goucher, I have had the opportunity to perform in a number of student works as well as the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble’s Fall ‘18 and Spring ‘19 concerts. I had the honor for performing works by Tamara Thomas and Linda Garofalo. Since my first semester, I’ve been a member of the 1021 Hip Hop Team. With the team, I have performed across campus and at Monsters dance convention.

In my Sophomore year, I was chosen to join the Orchesis board, a student-run dance organization dedicated to spreading awareness of outside and on-campus dance events, as the board’s secretary. In the Fall, I will also be the group’s National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) representative.

I’ve also choreographed for the team’s Spring showcase as well as presented work with my Composition II course. I’ve also work in the dance office as a student worker managing social media and marketing. Because of my job, I’ve been able to photograph for faculty and guest residencies. Lastly, I’ve been interning with ClancyWorks Dance Company for the past year with a focus in social media and marketing. Beginning in the Fall, I will also be a dance mentor for incoming first-years and transfer students.

This summer, I will be attending Bates Dance Festival on scholarship and in the Winter, I will be joining my classmates abroad as part of my graduation requirement in Ghana, Africa on scholarships from Goucher College and the Maryland Dance Education Association (MDEA). My goal after college is to pursue a professional dance career with an organization or company. Later, I would also like to use my knowledge in dance to work in arts administration and advocate for arts programming.

“Dream Like Cam!” Award

In addition, our most recent S1D2 graduate will now be returning each year at our showcase to honor and award a “present” S1D2 student a FULL year dance scholarship to help pursue their passion under the Cameryn Kelly Scholarship Fund, “Dream Like Cam!”  Someone who bestows kindness, passion, hard work, leadership, positivity, and the “go the distance” humble attitude. Congrats to our recent Cameryn Kelly Scholarship recipient Kayla Wallenfelsz on being awarded at our “We Are 1” 2019 Spring Showcase.

Artists Simply Human - Philadelphia 2020

Step 1 Dance 2 Academy Parallel and Paradigm Performance Company walked away with 5 AWARDS! 🤗🤩😱😱

  • 1 Judges Choice for Ashley Lowman’s and my choreography for “JUMP OFF” that all company members performed at the closing show 🙌💜
  • 1 Studio Selection Award for “Leave the Light On” for Paradigm Choreography by Heather Liposky
  • 1 Standout Award for “Stole the Show” for Paradigm Choreography by Alumni Cameryn Kelly
  • 1 Standout Award for “Higher Ground” for Parallel Choreography by Zach Bergfelt
  • 1 Choreography Pick award for “Leave the Light On” for Paradigm Choreography by Heather Liposky

These kids of ours showed professionalism, passion and LOVE for what they LOVE to do and with the people they do it with!

Artists Simply Human - Nationals 2019

Congratulations to our Parallel, Paradigm, and S1D2 Dancers on an incredible, unforgettable, FUN, and invigorating week at Artists Simply Human NATIONALS in Orlando, Florida.

Our dancers danced Monday thru Saturday vigorously and came home Winners of 1st Place Group Awards, 2nd Place Awards for Solo’s and Duo’s, and our graduated Senior and now Alumni Cameryn Kelly, was awarded to be a Member of The ASH Company to tour with them in their 2019/2020 Season!

Our dancers were on FIRE, they worked extremely hard several long hours of the day, and are coming home more professional, more experienced and award winners on every level. We are ready to grow more on our performance and confidence abilities to take on this art form! These S1D2 Dancers are TRUE ARTISTS THRU AND THRU!

Thank you to everyone who supported, fundraised, donated and helped with every effort to help these truly fantastic kids have a chance to help their dance abilities grow and flourish. We are utterly grateful beyond belief to have such a great community to help us get there and make these dreams a reality!

We are already in the works gearing up already for our Next Dance Season and are eager and excited to completely BRING IT!!!

Thank you families for your continued support, love and believing in these dancers. The support means more to them than you know!

Shine your light,

Jessica

Performance Videos

Jump Off

Jump Off” – Choreographed by Jessica Gallew & Ashley Lowman (Season 5)

SAFE

SAFE” – Choreographed by Jessica Gallew & Ashley Lowman (Season 5)

Magic In Our Bones

Magic In Our Bones” – Choreographed by Emily Bufferd (Season 5)

Higher Ground

Higher Ground” – Choreographed by Zach Bergfelt (Season 5)

Under His Eye

Under His Eye” – Choreographed by Jessica Gallew & Ashley Lowman (Season 4)

Bruised

Bruised” – Choreographed by Hayden Frederick (Season 4)

Never Say Never

Never Say Never” – Choreographed by Brianna Mercado (Season 4)

Swim Low

Swim Low” – Choreographed by Cat Cogliandro (Season 3)

Glorious” – Choreographed by Jessica Gallew & Ashley Lowman (Season 3)

Escape” – Choreographed by Trevor Sones (Season 3)

Undertow” – Choreographed by Michael Susten (Season 2)

Right Now” – Choreographed by Skooj CorE-O (Season 2)

Behind the Scenes” (Season 2)

Not Without Haste” – Choreographed by Ashley Lowman (Season 1)

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