Budding ballerinas and up-and-coming hip-hoppers now have a new place to learn some movies. X-Squad Dancers have relocated from Ocean City, Md., to Selbyville, in addition to their Crofton, Md., studio.
Erin Vitalos is the co-owner and co-director of X-Squad, along with Devon Cooper and Cheri Demco.
“The studio was founded by six high school students about two and half years ago,” Vitalos said.
She said the move to Sussex County was a strategic one.
“We were actually getting more and more students from the Delaware area,” she explained. “So we decided it would be a better fit.”
X-Squad offers classes in jazz, tap, classical ballet, pointe and contemporary dance, and acrobatics, for participants ranging from 3 years old all the way up to 18.
“Right now, between the two studios, we have 60 students,” Vitalos said.
But those students have been making a big impact in the world of competitive and professional dance.
On Aug. 16, Vitalos and several dancers were on their way to New Orleans to be honored by the Federation of Dance Competitions as a regional finalist for a Studio Excellence Award. And, several weeks ago, X-Squad dancers were named national champions from Star Power National Talent Competition.
Vitalos noted that several X-Squad alumni have gone on to dance in the movies “Step Up,” “Step Up 2” and “Hairspray.” Three dancers have also been featured on the reality competition “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“Quite a few have gone on to major in dance in colleges and universities across the country,” she added.
The new studio is located off of Old Mill Bridge Road in Derrickson Creek Village.
“We’re all about the dancer,” Vitalos emphasized. “We definitely think that that makes us stand out.”
X-Squad classes begin Sept. 8, and more information can be found by calling (610) 750-9728 or visiting www.xsquaddance.com.