Competition Dance Teams/Performance Ensembles

Sisters Dance Academy has four dance teams which compete and perform throughout Oregon. Dancers must audition each year for a spot on each of the four teams.

In May 2019, our Dance Performance Ensembles won high honors at the Turn It Up dance competition including highest scoring intermediate group routine and most spirited studio award and in spring 2018 we received highest scoring soloist in the Intermediate Division, highest scoring routine in the Intermediate Division, Judges’ honors for our large group routine and Beginning Division dance down champion. 

We are proud to offer the following specialty dance groups:

  • Junior Performance Ensemble for dancers ages 11-14 years old (6th to 8th grades), 
  • Senior Performance Ensemble for dancers ages 14-18 years old (high school),
  • Junior Hip Hop Squad for ages 9-12 years old,
  • Senior Hip Hop Squad for ages 12-18 years old.
2019/2020 Sr. Dance Ensemble
2019-2020 Hip Hop Squad

The incredible Kayla Williams coaches the Performance Ensemble teams and the talented Shannon Abero coaches the Hip Hop Squads. Under their professional care, dancers work to develop advanced skills, elevated expression and unique and sophisticated choreography. 

Kayla Williams
Shannon Abero

Interested in auditioning?

DANCE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE & HIP HOP SQUAD auditions for 2021/2022 are coming this summer. Contact Lonnie Liddell at to learn more about auditioning.

For the ensemble auditions, dancers should wear ballet clothing (leotard, tights, skirt, ballet or jazz shoes) and will start the audition doing a ballet barre led by Lonnie, then will move to center and across the floor combinations led by Kayla in the styles of Contemporary and Jazz. They will also be taught two short pieces of choreography during the audition they will need to learn and execute to the best of their ability.

For the Hip Hop Squad auditions, dancers need to come in clean tennis shoes, hip hop clothing (loose, stretchy), hair pulled back, and ready to learn two dance routines from Miss Shannon.

Dancers selected to be in our Performance Ensembles and Hip Hop Squads must meet these minimum requirements:

  • prior dance experience in a broad range of styles (minimum of four years),
  • a firm commitment to training at least four hours per week,
  • for Performance Ensemble dancers, a strong ballet foundation (Ensemble dancers are required to take ballet),
  • for Hip Hop Squad dancers, a strong hip hop foundation (Squad dancers are required to take hip hop),
  • the drive and dedication to show focus and a passion for dance.

About Our Performance Ensembles and Hip Hop Squads

Our Performance Ensembles and our Hip Hop Squads are award-winning competitive dance teams. Dancers who are interested in taking advanced classes and who want more performance opportunities are encouraged to audition. Dancers typically compete in one regional competition, attend one regional dance workshop and perform at events all over Central Oregon.

The purpose of our competition dance teams is to develop dancers who are technically trained and accomplished performers. Sharing the gift and joy of dance through performance is our main drive. Participating in one competition per year helps push and motivate our dancers to achieve greatness. The opportunity to be judged by highly trained and experienced dance professionals is of great value to our teams and assists in their training process.

Being a member of our Performance Ensembles and Hip Hop Squads is a commitment for both dancers and the parents. Dancers must be committed to excellent class attendance and hard work. The cost of participating each year is approximately $500. Parents may fundraise to cover or offset the cost of costumes & competition fees. Parents also attend occasional meetings and assist with preparations for competitions.

The Junior & Senior Hip Hop Squads meet on Wednesdays with Miss Shannon to focus on intermediate and advanced choreography to perform in the community and at one competition in the spring.

The Performance Ensembles meet on Thursdays with Miss Kayla for technique, skills and choreography as well as to prepare for competition and community performances.