Parallel is S1D2's award-winning non-competitive performance company. S1D2 students volunteer and devote their time to rehearse and perform within the community, New York City and at various dance conventions. Students audition in late spring 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 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.
You can follow them on Instagram at @parallelperformance.
(l. Ashley Lowman and r. Jessica Gallew)
Artists Simply Human (ASH) 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,
Artists Simply Human 2019 (Philadelphia)
CONGRATULATIONS to our Parallel and Paradigm Performance Companies on their Special Awards and Scholarships awarded at Artist Simply Human (ASH) on January 23, 2019 in Philadelphia. Read more...
2019-2020 Parallel Performance Company
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.
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!
I’m Delayne aka Dwayne, and I am 15 years old. I am going into my sophomore year of high school. Last year I joined the swim team for my high school and plan on continuing it throughout my fours years there. Looking towards the future, I am planning on dancing throughout college and pursuing it as a career. Ever since I took my first class at Step One Dance Two Academy, I have fallen in love with the art of dance. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that Mrs. Jess and Ms. Ashley have given me. I am looking forward to another amazing year at the studio.
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.
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!
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.
My name is Madi, and this is my fourth year of Parallel. I am in 9th grade. I love being on Parallel, I love the team and our connection, my team is like my family. I’ve been dancing at Step 1 Dance 2 for about six or seven years and I love the atmosphere at the studio. I feel safe, comfortable, happy, and welcomed. The staff and instructors are amazing and extremely nice, helpful, and understanding. I have loved every second of being on Parallel even though it can be challenging at times it’s really worth all of it, and I’ve loved making new memories and friends while being on this team. I love taking classes at the studio. I take a variety of styles but my favorite would have to be jazz. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be on this team.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Cameryn Kelly (2019)
Maisie Daniels (2018)
Alex Heyn (2018)
Jessi Mortillaro (2018)
Nikki Blades (2017)
"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 With Haste" - Choreographed by Ashley Lowman (Season 1)