Local youth dancer receives gold
Angelina Baca has received a gold medal for her solo contemporary dance performance at this year’s Co-Dance Convention and Competition. Co-Dance is a national touring dance competition and convention that features not only a competition but master’s classes with current industry leaders and stars. Co-Dance’s Sacramento regional event was held November 4-6, 2011, at the Doubletree Hotel , with 17 dance studios from all over California and Nevada participating.
The gold medal is the culmination of months of hard work at the Contemporary Dance Conservatory in midtown Sacramento, where Baca is a student. Baca is also a member of the Teen Company that competed with two group dances, “Houses,” which received a gold, and “Fear,” which obtained a high silver finish. In addition, Baca participated in the master’s classes at the convention with teachers Robert Roldan and Kayla Radomski, both from the show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“I thought Co-Dance was a good learning experience,” said Baca after the Co-Dance weekend. “I had a lot of fun in the master’s classes. I learned a lot from Robert and Kayla – they were the best teachers there. They taught me new choreography that I hadn’t done before. When I did the audition for scholarships with Kayla, I felt like I could really let go and flow with the music – like I could do anything.”
Dance has become a way of life for Baca. She trains at the studio two to three hours per day, five days per week, taking mostly ballet and contemporary classes, but also studying jazz, hip-hop and acting at the studio, all while maintaining a nearly 4.0 GPA. Her two younger sisters also dance at the studio.
Contemporary Dance Conservatory opened in Midtown Sacramento in May, 2011 at 213 26th Street and is co-owned by Artistic Director Lena Logan and her husband James Bahn. Logan has been Baca’s dance instructor and mentor for three years.
Baca has been studying dance since she was three years old, but has only been able to reach her potential after she was hand-picked by Logan. Since then, Baca’s progress and growth as a young dancer has been impressive and rapid. She now has over 20 live performances under her belt and has gained a new confidence in herself as Ms. Lena, as the dancers call her, constantly pushes her to achieve that which she did not think was possible.
The atmosphere at CDC is positive, welcoming and mellow, but by no means easy once you step on the dance floor. Logan challenges the dancers each and every day and gets to know the strengths and weaknesses of all the dancers. Baca has flourished in these conditions and credits Logan’s teaching style and approach.
“She makes us dig deep and pulls things out of us that we didn’t know were inside of us,” says Baca. “I knew when I started working with Ms. Lena that she was going to take me to a whole new level with my dancing.”
Baca’s next goal is to improve her individual scores and win a scholarship at the next competition in February. She will also be auditioning for entrance to the Performing Arts program at the Natomas Charter School in March and looks forward to going “en pointe” next year in ballet. Her dream is to be known as a dancer who makes the world look at this art form in a new and exciting way and to represent her hometown of Sacramento.
In addition, Baca hopes to obtain more sponsors before the spring portion of the dance season. She currently has three official sponsors responsible for helping her obtain her goal of debuting her first solo competition piece. Sponsors include Rene Domingo Photography/Blue Sky Marketing, 524 Restaurant in midtown, and Papillon Salon in Natomas. Friends and family also support her in her efforts to train and gain more experience in the competition arena.
Disclosure: Krista Baca is a dance mom at the Contemporary Dance Conservatory.