The CaRu Crew is a pre-professional, nationally recognized group of dancers who compete with other dance students from all over the country in both regional and national competitions. The CaRu Crew has appeared on Lifetime TV's Dance Moms, on a pilot for a non-scripted docu-series, as part of New York’s Got Talent in Times Square, they have performed at NYC’s Cabaret for a Cause alongside Broadway and TV stars, and were a part of the first-ever ECDC Charity Showcase bringing together top competitive dance studios from all over the region.
The CaRu Crew and its faculty have received countless accolades and were most recently named 2019 National Champions at Turn It Up Dance Challenge National Dance Competition in Long Branch, NJ. The CaRu Crew and lead choreographer, Cassie Russo-Sweeney, were recognized at the 2018 Industry Dance Awards as a nominee. The company is an invited member of the Association of Dance Competitions and Conventions and took home the 2018 Studio of Excellence Award at Turn It Up National Finals.
Members of the team have competed as soloists at The Dance Awards, have been selected to train at the renowned Joffrey Ballet School, have graced the pages of Dance Spirit Magazine, Pointe Magazine, A Wish Come True, SoandSo Apparel, and have been featured in the programs for Encore DCS and Headliners. The CaRu Crew is also proud to have alumni on So You Think You Can Dance, as members of college and professional dance teams including Knicks City Dancers, and many who have been accepted into rigorous college dance programs.
Being a member of the CaRu Crew means being on a team that is a place of opportunity where individuals are mentored by top-notch professional instructors who believe in the importance of building versatile PEOPLE, not just versatile dancers. Supporting one another is our number one rule and our teachers are held to the same standard, supporting and nurturing each and every student in order to cultivate well-rounded performers and facilitate unimaginable growth.
Dance Battle National Champions - Competitive Teen/Senior Small/Large Group
Dance Battle Runner Up - Intermediate Teen/Senior Line/Production
Technical Excellence Judge's Choice Award
Entertainment Judge's Choice Award
Costume Judge's Choice Award
Choreography Judge's Choice Award
Judge's Choice Studio Award for Artistry
1st Overall Competitive Teen Production
1st Overall Intermediate Teen Line
Stellar Award - Highest Scoring Routine
Ultimate Crowd Pleaser Award
Ultimate Emotional Execution Award
Industry Dance Awards Nomination - Jazz
Industry Dance Awards Nomination - Contemporary
Industry Dance Awards Nomination - Hip Hop
Industry Dance Awards Nomination - Musical Theater
Industry Dance Awards Nomination - Open
1st Overall Teen Line
1st Overall Teen Production
1st Overall Teen Small Group
1st Overall Teen Duo/Trio
1st Overall Teen Solo
Most Entertaining Studio Judge's Choice Award
Spirit of Encore Judge's Choice Award
Best Choreography Award
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