2016 Industry Excellence Awards

2016 Honorees

The ADCC 2016 Annual Meeting & Gala in September featured the second annual Industry Excellence Awards, recognizing excellence in the dance competition industry.

The ADCC also named its 2016 Lifetime Achievement honoree, Jo Rowan, chair of the Dance Department at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, Oklahoma City University.

The ADCC was thrilled to honor the following outstanding staff members in 2016:

Elizabeth Girczyc

Customer Service
Turn It Up Dance Challenge

Elizabeth Girczyc, also known as Liz, joined the Turn It Up team in 2013 upon graduating college from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing. Liz started dancing at the age of three and continued until she was 18. Her favorite styles include tap, hip hop, and acro. Liz enjoys working in the competitive dance industry and looks forward to growing with Turn It Up Dance Challenge!

Liz has a wonderful way of answering customer concerns, leaving them walking away feeling 100% prepared and confident for their upcoming competition or convention.
Anthony Fett

Emcee/Announcer/Stage Personality
EnerGy National Dance Competitions

Anthony Fett returns to the EnerGy family for his third season in 2017. He has performed throughout the U.S.A. and abroad, on television and onstage, at Carnegie Hall and at The White House. He is an alumnus of The Chicago Children’s Choir, The Lyric Opera of Chicago Children’s Chorus, and a graduate of The Hartt School of Theater. Fett appeared in the hit Off-Broadway comedy “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding”, and the national tours of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and “Bye Bye, Birdie,” and created and performed in several cabaret acts and emcees events across the country.

Anthony is extremely witty, always quick with a joke, a song or even a dance. He is also a genuinely caring individual and really connects, not only with people in the audience, but with his co-workers too!
Jesse Katen

Sophisticated Productions Dance Competitions

Jesse Katen has been a judge for Sophisticated Productions Dance Competitions since 2010. He is very knowledgeable in all styles of dance and thrives on making every Sophisticated Productions dancer feel special. In addition to his work with Sophisticated, Jesse is the owner of Jesse Katen School of dance since 2004 located in Windsor, NY. He is also Professor of English and chair of the college honors program at SUNY Broome Community College. Jesse is also President of the Board of Trustees at the Broome County Public Library and volunteers teaching a dance summer program there for kids.

Jesse excels at special awards—he finds the positive in all dancers, making them feel truly appreciated and unique. Many studio owners and parents say he is their favorite part of the competition.
Dennis Andreas

Legacy Dance Championships

Dennis Andreas is currently Director of Photo, Video & Trophy Production, and since joining the company has taken Legacy’s photography and video to new heights and contributed significant and cost-effective improvements in all aspects of Legacy’s production, including staging, lighting and sound, and trophy production. Dennis has a BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase, and previously worked for Lifetouch National Portrait Studios, EAP Photography and Video, and Hall of Fame/League of Champions in various capacities as photographer, videographer, editor and internet live stream production director.

Dennis not only took Legacy’s photo and video production to new heights, but also devised an affordable way to produce our own video critiques—he’s worth his weight in gold.
Nicole Fattore

Beyond The Stars

Nicole Fattore joined Beyond The Stars team four years ago. She has worked in several different capacities over the last four years; her current position is Merchandise and Sales. Since taking on that role, Nicole has handled everything from helping to create the BTS line of clothing and accessories, designing display layout, tracking inventory and reorders, and has acted as the main salesperson at some competitions. Nicole is creative, detail-oriented, and good with customers. In addition to her work at BTS, Nicole is currently pursuing an associate of arts degree, and also works at a local dance studio.

Nicole is that rare person who is both very creative and also extremely detail oriented, making her a true standout on our crew. She goes the extra step to make everyone feel valued.
Phil Fabry

Show/Tour/Event Manager
Spotlight Dance Cup

Phil Fabry joined Spotlight in 2009. As a senior member of the staff, Phil maintains roles as an Event Manager, Show Director, Judge, Performer, Representative, Trainer and Advisor. Phil is a 1990 graduate of Millikin University, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre/Dance Performance, with a minor in Voice and Piano. He has toured the world, performing in over 400 cities, 49 states, Manila, Singapore, and Korea. He is also the owner and director of Steps Performing Arts Center in Lindenhurst, Illinois where he educates and instructs the next generation of performing arts students.

With his significant performance, choreography and directing background, Phil is one of the cornerstones to the Spotlight’s success and a catalyst for innovative ideas in production.
Kassandra Wilson

Stage Manager

Kassi Wilson just finished her second season with Groove, and has grown to become an integral part of the team. Kassi received the Groove Crew Member of the Year award because of her work ethic, positivity and passion. She is always willing to learn new things and help where she is needed in order to get the job done correctly and on time. Thanks to her extensive knowledge of our events, Kassi has become our crew’s go-to person if they have questions. Kassi is more than happy to work hard not just to get the job done, but to achieve her goals and continuously better herself and the company.

Kassi is always the first to flash a smile, and has the enthusiasm and drive necessary to produce a well-run event that is fun and entertaining for everyone involved.