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The 2020 Beyond the Stars Dance Competition

On January 26, Northern Academy dancers shone as the brightest stars on the stage of the 2020 Beyond the Stars Dance Competition Regional in Somerset, NJ.

Our students raked in the highest ratings and awards of the entire competition, as well as invitations to the national championships. Every soloist was also invited to perform at the opening of the national competitions.

This competition uses a 300-point scoring system to rate every dance piece. With 300 as the highest possible score. Each dance piece is given a rating category based on the score compiled among the panel of judges:

240-254.9 – High Silver

255-266.9 – Gold

267-278.9 – High Gold

279-290.9 – Platinum

291-300 – Diamond

The Top 10 soloists in each age group are also ranked. Age groups are 10-12, 13-15, 16-20.

Group Dances Win Diamond

Girls classical Chinese dance (CCD) levels 3 and 4, for “Fans of Elegance,” received Diamond rating, 1st place in the small group category, and the 2020 Outstanding Performance Award

Boys CCD levels 3,4, and 5, for “Majestic Sleeves,” received Diamond rating, 1st place in the large group category, the 2020 People’s Choice Award, the 13+ highest scoring dance and Stellar Award winner, and an invitation to compete in the national championships.

Solos Win Diamond 

Bryan Zhao received Diamond rating, 1st among soloists in style group, and 2nd among all soloists in age category. He was crowned “Junior Mr. Beyond the Stars” and invited to compete in Las Vegas in August and was also invited to perform as an opening number for the national finals.

Lucas Browde received the Special Award – Artistry in Motion (for costume, music, acting, choreography, overall). He is invited to the opening of national finals and received a Platinum rating, 5th overall among all soloists in his age category

Bill Liu was invited to the opening of the national finals and received Diamond rating, 1st in dance style, 1st overall among all soloists in age category, and was crowned the 2020 “Teen Mr. Beyond the Stars.” He was invited to Las Vegas to compete in August.

Eric Lu was invited to the opening of the national finals, and received Platinum rating and 7th overall among all soloists in his age category.

Justin Cui was invited to the opening of the national finals, and received Diamond rating and 3rd overall among all soloists in his age category.

Sebastian Campos was invited to the opening of the national finals, and received Diamond rating, 3rd overall among all soloists in his age category, and the Showmanship Award

Ian Liu was invited to the opening of the national finals, and received Diamond rating, and 5th overall among all soloists in his age category.

The 2020 Crescendo International Youth Music Competition

On Jan.19, 2020, Northern Academy’s 8th grade cello student Eric Yangping Yin won the Second Prize and performed in the Carnegie Hall.

The 2019 Virtuosi-In-Progress Concerto (VIP)

On Nov. 3, 2019, Northern Academy’s 8th grade cello student Peter (Kanqi) Ren won the 1st place in the Junior division at the “Virtuosi-In-Progress Concerto Competitions” (VIP) held by College Youth Symphony & Hudson Valley Philharmonic in SUNY-New Paltz, NY.

The 2019 VIVO International Music Competition

On December 8, 2019, Northern music students won the following following awards:
Emily Wu, Gr.6, Violin, Second Prize
Timothy Chen, Gr.6, French Horn, Second Prize
Anna Mahlen, Gr. 7, Violin, Second Prize
Tammi Okamura, Gr. 8, Viola, Second Prize
Evelyn Mahlen, Gr. 9, Viola, Second Prize

The 4th and 5th Place Award in World Challenge Finland 2018

Out of 35 international university and business entries, the two projects done by Northern Academy students in the A World Bridge (AWB) program were awarded:

  • USGS-NASA Data Visualization: 4th Place, trophy winner and monetary prize
  • United Nations FAO Invasive Species: 5th Place, trophy winner and monetary prize

The World Challenge is an opportunity for students, academia and industry to deliver brilliant innovative solutions that support the mission of the United Nations – especially in the areas of world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability. The finalist teams get a one-week, all-expense paid trip to Finland for the climax of the Challenge.

World Challenge Finland is organized by Digital Forum Finland and Ultrahack. Partners include Business Finland, ESA Business Incubation Center Finland, Turku Business Region, EIT Digital, Finnish Meteorological Institute, National Land Survey of Finland, Nokia, CGI, Espoo Marketing, Reaktor Space Lab, GISdevio, City of Helsinki, City of Vantaa, Aalto University, Aalto Startup Center, Microsoft, Vaisala, IBM Finland, University of Helsinki, Clarion Helsinki, SSF, Space Nation, FLIC, Halti and Finnair.

Science Students Awarded by NASA and UN

In April 2018, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presented a pure crystal trophy for “World Class Performance” to the AWB program at Northern Academy. This is a rare honor only given to programs which are working on real-time NASA projects and providing new data and information which lead directly to solving international-level problems.

Northern Academy students in AWB program also received a certificate of thanks and appreciation from representatives in the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for utilizing satellite and land-based data of invasive species, including Locusts and Fall Army Worm (FAW), to design and develop a new data acquisition and warning system with the NASA World Wind geospatial 3D platform.

Dance Students Won in International Dance Competition

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, Northern Academy dance students and teachers took part in the International Dance Competition Regional competition in Hamden, Connecticut. This competition has dozens of regional competitions around the country and a national competition every year. The competition is open to all dance forms and is open to both students and professionals. Students are divided based on their dance style, age, and category. Dancers are scored by a panel of judges and are ranked from bronze to platinum.

Every one of Northern Academy’s 8 dances received their highest rating—Platinum—which is only given to dances scoring 282+ out of 300 points. A group dance won the biggest award of the competition – Teen Ultimate Group Champion.

Student Scholarships and Internships

Senior student Anna Yan went from semifinalist to finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship.

Students Trueman Wu, Julia Zhu, and Amy Yin were awarded NASA Internship in summer 2018.

Students Minghui Zhang and Huaqi Zhang were awarded USGS internships in summer 2018.