UCDC Clogging Teams Compete at 2012 CCA Mountain Classic

Posted on November 21st, 2012 under Results

On Saturday, November 10th, 2012, the UCDC clogging teams attended the 2012 CCA Mountain Classic held in Columbus, N.C. UCDC competed against some of the best teams in the country with over 140 team dances. UCDC won 3 Grand Champions and The Elite Stars won The Junior Grand Champion Overall Title. Congratulations to all the solos, teams, duos and choreographed solos that competed. We are so proud of you!!!!

Team Results:
UCDC Pee Wees – 1st Place Artistic Expression 7-9 & Grand Champion Artistic Expression
UCDC Shooting Stars Amateur – 3rd Place Exhibition 7-9
UCDC Shining Stars Amateur – 2nd Place Open Line 10-12
Rising Stars Challenge – 1st Place Open Line 7-9 & Pee Wee Team of the Day
Shooting Stars Challenge – 1st Place Exhibition 10-12
Shining Stars Challenge – 3rd Place Standing Line 13-15
Junior Elites – 1st Place Standing Line 10-12
Junior Small Team – 1st Place 10-12
Teen Small Team – 3rd Place 13-15
Senior Small Team – 1st Place 16-18
Elite Stars – 1st Place Open Line 16-18 & Team of The Day, 1st Place Open Line 13-15 & Overall Grand Champion Open Line, 1st Place Artistic Expression & Grand Champion Artistic Expression, 1st Place Exhibition & Grand Champion Exhibition…. Junior Overall Grand Champion Team 2012.

Choreographed Solos:
Emily D’Ornellas – 3rd Place 9-11
Sydney Jones – 2nd Place Age 12-14
Baylie Weeks – 1st Place Age 16

Ryann Grasty and Michael Marie Davis – 3rd Place 12-14
Delaney Rust and Emma Fricks – 1st place 10-12
Madison Haynes and Taylor Moore – 2nd Place 7-9

Rise n Shine Solos:
Kerigan Bryant – 2nd Place 10-11 Challenge Solo
Ashland Jones – 1st Place 7-9 Amateur Solo


UCDC Clogging Teams Host Bake Sale in Memory of Lauren Maziarz

Posted on November 21st, 2012 under News

On October 13th 2012, seven clogging teams from UCDC joined forces to host a bake sale to benefit Cookies for Kids Cancer. The event took place at Bi-Lo and Ingles in Powdersville, as well as the Hurricane Park Soccer and Football fields. Over 50 dancers baked cookies, brownies, cupcakes and other treats to sell. Another group of dancers volunteered their time to man the tables at each selling venue and to advertise the event by creating and displaying posters. The end result was a great success with a total of $1800 raised for our charity! In addition, the OXO company generously matched our proceeds 100%, giving us a total profit of $3600! We even had enough left over goodies to donate to a local soup kitchen and to the Ronald Mcdonald House.

Cookies for Kids Cancer is a non-profit organization founded by a mom who watched her son endure cancer treatment, and then lost him to the disease. One hundred percent of all proceeds go to medical centers that specialize in the development of new treatments for childhood cancers. Recognition for the organization is growing in our area thanks to Powdersville resident, Robin Gaines. Her daughter, Lauren Maziarz, lost her fight with a childhood cancer in October 2010. Lauren danced briefly at UCDC before she became too sick to continue. She dearly loved her dance class and fought to come back to UCDC. It was truly an honor for our cloggers to host this bake sale in Lauren’s memory!

Thank you so much to all who contributed to our success! To find out more about cookies for kids cancer, visit their website at: Anyone interested in giving may still visit the UCDC online giving link at:


Former UCDC Students Dance for Clemson Rally Cats

Posted on October 17th, 2012 under News

Congratulations to former UCDC students Turner Fortner, Sara Brehmer, Taylor Wilson, and Casey Thornton on being chosen 2012-13 Clemson Rally Cats. We are so proud of each one of you on your accomplishments. Keep up the awesome dancing!


Brandon Norris Returns to UCDC

Posted on September 12th, 2012 under News

Choreographer and Dancer Brandon Norris visited UCDC again September 7-9th to do choreography for several of the UCDC clogging teams. He worked with three UCDC teams for and with a lot of hard work they completed three amazing routines. Check them out at our first competition in October or this season at CCA competitions. Thanks Brandon for all your hard work with these teams. We love you!!!


Wren High School Student and UCDC Dancer Wins National Crown

Posted on September 10th, 2012 under News, Results

Rachel Yuki Wyatt was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) 2013 on the 18th of August 2012 in Orlando, FL. This is a sister pageant to the Miss America Pageant, in which Wyatt will dance this coming January. This pageant is a national competition that offers teens the opportunity to be awarded scholarships for college. Over the previous seven years this organization has provided over $4 million in college scholarships. Rachel received $12,000 in savings bonds when she won the Miss SC Teen 2012 pageant in July, and she won an additional $25,000 in scholarships with this current title.

She is the second Upstate teen to win the MAOTeen competition since it began eight years ago. Rachel is an extremely active senior at Wren High School. She is the Senior Class President, a section Yearbook editor, member of the National Honor Society, charter member of the National English Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Beta Club, Palmetto Girls State Delegate, Anderson Junior Leadership Delegate, a singer in the Wren High Show Chorus and member of the Category V Wren Dance Team. In addition, she is a member of the UCDC Senior jazz competition team. Rachel is also a teaching assistant with the UCDC Upstate Challengers special needs dance class. Her personal platform is promoting dance therapy – Miracles through Movement, and her National MAOTeen platform supports the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of Mt Airy Baptist Church.

This title will send Rachel all over the country supporting the MAOTeen national platform, Children’s Miracle Network, and her personal platform, as she promotes scholastic achievement, community involvement, and healthy living. Her travels will take her to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC along with numerous other venues.

UCDC is so very proud of you Rachel! You truly are a role model in every aspect of your life; from scholastic achievement to everyday kindness and being a positive team motivator to your poise and grace. You certainly are the vision everyone has for “Outstanding Teen” and we feel so privileged to know you so well on a daily basis and to have watched you grow into such a wonderful young lady. Godspeed for a wonderful year!


UCDC & REACH Hold Carnival and Distribute 150 Backpacks of School Supplies to Local Children in Need

Posted on September 10th, 2012 under News

A new back-to school outreach project Saturday got a double thumbs up Sunday night from the leaders of two organizations coordinating to help kids two to 18 years of age.

Upstate Carolina Dance Center and REACH (Reaching everyone as Christ Hoped) joined hands Saturday to try to put needed school supplies in the hands of students at West End Elementary, Gettys Middle and Easley High schools. The event was titled Back-To-School Block Party.

They gave away all of the 150 backpacks filled with supplies specific to the students. It was the brain child of Heather Owens and her Upstate Carolina Dance Center. “It went really, really, really great,” Owens said Sunday night of the 4 p.m. Saturday event at West End Elementary School. “God was all over it. It rained Saturday afternoon; then the sun came out. We got backpacks to girls and backpacks to boys and had one pack left over.” They have since found a recipient for that item.

Owens makes volunteer projects part of her program to the competition teams of dancers she teaches from Upstate Carolina Dance Center.

In the past the dancers have worked at soup kitchens, visited nursing homes and made, dinner and treats for local firefighters. She believes it important for her students to work with kids who don’t have some of the advantages that they do. “They (the dancers) need to know how fortunate they are to get to do this (dance studies). They are fortunate. These kids need to get an opportunity to do something they can make a difference.

Then through Chris Wilson of the Dream Center in Liberty, Owens was connected with Odom.

Odom has been working with Pure Grace, an outreach program to school aged children based out of Westgate Apartments. Within the last few weeks, he has organized REACH, serving school-aged kids and based in West End Elementary School.

Owens estimated 4OOpeople total showed up for the Saturday event. That included her dancers, parents of the dancers, student recipients of the event, their parents plus volunteers.

“We had 120 to 140 of our kids,” Odom said. “Every backpack was given away.”There was a truckload of pizza that got given out and two snow-cone machines going non-stop for a couple of hours. They had a great time. There were two carnival rides and inflatable’s and the lines stayed full the entire time,” he said.

“The folks from UCDC put out a huge effort. This offer from them was huge for our kids.”

He believes the dancers received something from interacting with the REACH kids. “You could see how some of these girls and guys wrapped themselves up in our kids

They got to see how they could make a difference for someone,” Odom said. “Some of their parents were able to make a connection with the parents of our REACH kids,” he said.

Owens said she believes her students were able to make a difference for the REACH kids. “They really enjoyed it,” she said of the students from REACH. “They were opening backpacks and looking through the supplies. They had a good time,” Owens said,

REACH is a student based organization that recently began meeting on Wednesday evenings in rented space at West End Elementary School.

Most of the volunteers come from Mount Pisgah and Mt. Airy Baptist churches, Odom said. In the last two weeks, 60 students have met.

“We try to provide a constant in their lives. We have a snack, play some games and have a Bible study. We just try to listen to them and talk to them,” Odom said.

Article from The Easley Progress Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This event was held on 18 August 2012. Great job UCDC! Keep Shining on!!

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Jazz & Hip Hop Team Members are Crowned

Posted on September 10th, 2012 under News, Results

Two UCDC competition team members competed in the America’s Gorgeous Girls pageant in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 24 – 26 August. Ava Randall, Jr Hip Hop team member, won Grand Supreme and O’Malley Bannister, Mega Jazz team member, won Face Supreme. O’Malley also won portfolio, natural photogenic, outfit of choice and casual wear. They both won cash prizes. Congratulations girls on these huge wins!


O’Malley Bannister Crowned Twice This Summer

Posted on September 10th, 2012 under News, Results

Jazz Company member, O’Malley Bannister, received her first crown on May 25th 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was crowned Petite Miss Carolina Beach Beauties. This was her first pageant. O’Malley is now a member of the Mega Jazz team. Her most recent pageant was on the 22nd of June, where she was crowned Mini Supreme Miss Disney Extravaganza in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She also won Outfit of Choice in her Minnie Mouse costume that was made by our Jazz Company Director, Leigh Anne Davis. Congratulations O’Malley on both of your victories this summer!


UCDC Entertains Macy’s Shoppers

Posted on September 10th, 2012 under News

UCDC was invited to dance inside of the Haywood Mall Macy’s department store in Greenville, SC on the 4th of August. This was a huge honor as it was the tax free back to school weekend. We entertained the crowds with solos, duos, trios and many group dances for over two hours. Rachel Wyatt, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012, performed her talent winning lyrical solo “The Climb”. She is a member of the UCDC senior jazz competition team. Thanks Macy’s for this opportunity!

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Major Jazz Team Member Crowned

Posted on September 10th, 2012 under News

Alexandra Hammett, a member of the Major Jazz team, was crowned Little Miss North Myrtle Beach in the 7 year old to 9 year old division. The pageant was held in Myrtle Beach on the 19th of August. She will compete June 2013 in the State Pageant in Hartsville. Congratulations Alexandra!