Limelite dancers win top award at national competition

Limelite Dance Studio’s Acro Competition Team brought home the platinum award at the Born 2 Dance Step Up 2 Dance Tour. Team members include Top row, from left, Audrey Anselmo, Aubrey Larson, Ellie Flynn, Carly Feldman, Mia Scott, Samantha Chemacki, Cali Anselmo; Middle row, from left, Coach Alexa Montemurro, Cassie Handelman, Lila Garuti, Nicole Grohs, Olivia Caiati, Jessica Colella; and bottom row, from left, Grace Piagentini, Izzy Celotto, Jayden Jahnige and Sandra Vigliotti.

GUILFORD — Limelite Dance Studio is celebrating after winning the top award at a national competition.

Limelite’s Acro Competition Team received the overall highest score and were awarded the platinum award at the Born 2 Dance Step Up 2 Dance Tour, Sunday, July 7, after performing their “Welcome to the Circus” routine.

In addition, the team was awarded a $125 scholarship that will be used to cover expenses for the team’s next competition, according to Limelite Owner/instructor Tracy Tolisano.

Since 1993, 13 of those years in downtown Guilford, more than 25,000 children have danced their way through Limelite Dance Studio, gaining confidence and camaraderie along the way.

Children as young as 2-years-old dance at Limelight and often continue their training through high school. Classes offered include Acro Dance, Adult Funk Jazz, Ballet, Broadway Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz Fusion, Lyrical, Parent/Child Dance, Pointe, Princess Ballet, Sassy Jazz, Tap, Tiny Tappers and Boys Only Hip Hop.

The Acro Competitive Team was formed in September under the leadership of teacher Alexa Montemurro, a competitive cheerleading coach and former captain of the Elmira College squad, competitive cheerleading champions. The team is comprised of girls, age 8 to 15-years-old, from Guilford and Madison.

Tolisano applauded Montemurro for creating the winning team.

“I was lucky enough to get her on my staff and she had this whole idea and flipped it into something really positive and amazing,” Tolisano said. “I think it’s her experience that she brought to the studio, as a gymnast and acrobat with a dance background, she was able to make something really great out of it in a short time.”

The Limelite team competed against eight other teams from across the Northeast.

“I’m pretty sure we had the most exciting music,” said Branford resident Montemurro. “It was a circus theme, so it started out a little creepy, almost, like with eerie music and by the end it was very high energy and got everyone involved in what we were doing.

“We also had a lot of tricks and stunts, girls were flying in the air and the fact that we had tumbling all over the place,” she added, “it was a very exciting routine to watch.”

Montemurro added that she was overjoyed with her team’s achievement.

“After they performed, I was in tears,” said Montemurro. “I was so proud of them. It was an amazing, amazing feeling seeing all their hard work come together for an amazing performance. It was great to see that all of our hard work was noticed by other people.”

The Acro Team is always searching for new talent, both male and female, said Tolisano. Anyone interested in joining the growing competition team can contact her at

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