Three months ago, Palmer Trinity School senior Katie DiFede and her dance team, Twitch, had the surprise of their lives.
After months of auditioning for Paula Abdul’s new CBS show, “Live to Dance,” Paula herself visited Twitch’s Miami’s dance studio, Dance Attack, to announce that they had been chosen for the show, which premiered on Wednesday, January 5th at 8 p.m. on WFOR-TV, Channel 4. Twitch’s pre-recorded audition in New York was shown.
The team will travel to Los Angeles this week to prepare for their first live performance, which will air on Wednesday, January 19. If Twitch wins the first round, they will stay in LA and continue to compete.
The most talented dancers, who make it through the callback process, will have the chance to perform in the semi-finals and finals, where they will battle for the right to be crowned “Live to Dance” champion and receive a $500,000 prize.
Twitch will needs your votes on January 19th so stay tuned to follow the show.
DiFede and her group have danced together for the past five years under the guidance and training of John Culberson and Cookie Ramos, owners and artistic directors of Dance Attack Studio for the past 16 years.
Members, from nine different high schools in the Miami-Dade area include: Alexandra Betancourt, LaSalle High School; Brittany Borges, Coral Reef High School; Angie Cosculla, Florida Christian High School; Jessica Demilt, Stoneman Douglas High School; Katie DiFede, Palmer Trinity School; Melanie Fernandez, Felix Varela High School; Anthony Gonzalez, Cooper City High School; Deisha King, American Heritage School; and Ivenise Ruidiaz, Sunset High School.
Twitch had their first audition locally in mid-September. The second was in October in New York, where the dancers went to the Dome in downtown New York.
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