Local Dancer Places Second At DDA’s Dance Photo Competition

“Downtown Takes Flight,” SimaraBella Amato.

In celebration of the Kravis Center’s 30th anniversary, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority challenged residents of Palm Beach County to visit the Rosemary Square area and put on their best dancing shoes, capture it in a photo and submit to become part of the “Dance Day Contest.”

The submission deadline was Saturday, Sept. 17. The effort was to bring the community together through the common language of dance. They asked residents of all ages to get ready to move in downtown West Palm Beach. As part of the Kravis Center’s 30th anniversary celebration, the performing arts center has been named the official South Florida host of National Dance Day. To be part of the contest, participants needed to upload a picture showing their best moves for a chance to win one of three cash prizes. The contest was open to professionals, amateurs and emerging artists to submit, and then ask family, friends, co-workers and more to vote for the best dance photo.

With thousands of votes, the winners were determined based on rules specifying location limits and submissions. The winners included Wellington dancer SimaraBella Amato, who took second place. Amato studied at Dance Theatre Wellington before going on to competition dance at Xpressions Performing Arts. She is now a member of the dance department at the Bak Middle School of the Arts. First place was awarded to Madison Harper, while third place went to Koana Monreal.