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Jillian Muschler named NOVA's Favorite Dancer

Jillian Muschler was named NOVA’s Favorite Dancer during a competition at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Jillian Muschler of Woodbridge has won the first NOVA’s Favorite Dancer competition held April 6 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Muschler competed against seven soloists and one dance team. After the judges selected the top five, the capacity crowd in Colgan Theater voted for their favorite and Muschler came out on top. She received a trophy and $200 for winning first place.

Muschler selected “Saltkin” by Purity Ring for her modern dance which she choreographed. She was a competitive gymnast for 13 years until she was introduced to dance during a modern dance class at NOVA’s Manassas Campus. She performs with the Beth Elliott Dance Group and uses structured improv in her passionate choreography.

Audra Avery of South Riding earned second place for dancing to “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink. A homeschooled student, Avery is currently dual enrolled at NOVA. She began performing at the age of 6 and has danced in several productions at the Kennedy Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Amani Abed-Rabbo, Hala Afaneh, Farrah Alakhras, Mohamed A. Alarayyed and Hani Husein took third place for performing the Arab folk dance Dabke. The team members are from Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine and Syria. Dabke is a line dance commonly performed during weddings and other festive occasions.

The NOVA Dance Club entertained the crowd before the competition began and during the voting. The student-led club welcomes any NOVA students with an interest in dance.

Kelly Bly, Jeffrey Calero, Gretchen Williams Kotlar and Kista Tucker served as judges.

Plans are already underway for next year’s competition. To learn more about NOVA’s Favorite Dancer or dance classes at NOVA, contact Beth Elliott at belliott@nvcc.edu.

Contact: Carlene Mackereth
(703) 257-6658

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.