Delray dancer wins local competition, heads to nationals to compete for $10,000

Kassi Abreu is one of the top dancers in South Florida.

The Delray Beach resident earned that title after winning home the top prize at South Florida’s National Society of Arts and Letters Dance Competition recently.

The March 12 event was held at Old School Square’s Crest Theater. Twenty-three talented dancers, ranging in age from 18 to 32, competed for $2,000 and bragging rights. They showcased their choreography talent in ballet, modern, or jazz before an audience of family members, friends, judges, and curious onlookers.

Abreu performed her piece “Unaccompanied” to Prelude by Bach.

“It’s surreal to think my choreography has gotten notice,” she said. “This was my first opportunity to showcase my work and I am so grateful that everyone enjoyed my movement.”

Abreu said she was inspired to perform the piece after reading a quote.

“It stated that an artist is usually unaccompanied and they like their alone time and are considered loners,” she said. “I completely disagree with that thought. The music, lights, everyone in the audience is our company. I may not physically have someone with me but the energy, the mentality of performing for someone in the audience always surrounds us. I am never unaccompanied. The music alone is my partner.”

A graduate of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Abreu is no stranger to the stage. She performs as a dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and will soon be a featured dancer with the company O Dance in West Palm Beach.

With the win Abreu will compete for $10,000 at the national competition in Birmingham. She also will perform at one of NSAL’s signature events, The Red Rose Gala, in Deerfield Beach in April.

Ronderrick Mitchell, who performed his piece “Get Out” to Lauryn Hill’s music, finished second, and Ivy Canapa finished third, for her piece titled Homeward Bound.

The competitors were judged by a group of distinguished arts and dance professionals.

Past South Florida NSAL winners include actress Shirley MacLaine and Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Gelan Lambert, Jr.

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