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Artistry in Motion is a pre-professional dance training program under the direction of Kimberly Corbett, offered to students ages 6 and up at the Harvard Academy of Dance.

Dancers that excel technically with the passion, dedication and desire to pursue serious dance training are selected through auditions and class evaluations. Intensive classes provide a foundation for these young dance artists, and various performance opportunities are offered.

The Artistry in Motion dancers qualified for the national competition at a Sophisticated Productions regional event held in Springfield. After many months of training, rehearsing and fundraising through bake sales and community performances, they attended the Sophisticated Productions National Championships in Wildwood, N.J., on July 20-26. The dancers took home numerous awards and medals, including Dancer of the Year, ages 7-8, $500 scholarship to (Ayer resident) Graycie Farnsworth; Dancer of the Year, ages 17-18, $500 scholarship, to (Devens resident) Asia Miller; Outstanding Choreography, ages 13 and up, to director Kimberly Corbett; and First-Place Overall High Score, ages 13 and up, Duo/Trio, making them the National Champions for 2014.

The Harvard Academy of Dance is central Massachusetts’ newest center for dance. The school features a state-of-the-art hardwood sprung flooring system specially designed with the dancers’ safety in mind. Located in the town of Harvard, the studio is conveniently housed on Route 110, just off Route 2, in the same plaza as Sorrento’s Pizza.

Founded by dancer/choreographer Corbett, HAD’s philosophy represents a positive and exciting learning environment where dancers can have fun, be creative and experience the art of dance. HAD encourages dancers to take the disciplines of dance into their everyday lives, helping to build self-confidence, good self-esteem and a passion for living.

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