Studio “A” team members, with Coach Adrienne Carver, are showing off their winning medals.

On July 11, Adrienne Watson Carver accompanied a group of 11 girls, from seven to 17 years old, to compete at the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, Calif. The results brought honor to the region and U.S. attention to the competition, as Carver’s Studio “A” team brought home more than 36 total medals and two scholarships.

Carver, a former Mrs. Maryland, is no stranger to winning titles and shattering racial glass ceilings, distinguishing herself and her ambition by becoming the only African-American to make Top 10 in the Mrs. International Pageant, and Top 5 in 2011 at the Mrs. Galaxy International Pageant. She is sharing her attributes of hard work, self-confidence and faith in God through her coaching and teaching at Studio “A” Modeling, Etiquette, and Dance Academy, the business she founded and owns.

Carver’s students committed themselves to the needed long hours of practice to perfect their craft for the competition. Facing-off against the best dancers from 47 countries, Carver said, the girls competed in the dance, runway modeling, spokesmodel, and photogenic modeling categories. The girls in the dance session focused on contemporary, jazz, modern hip-hop, and lyrical dance genres.

“The World Championship of Performing Arts is the premier performing arts competition in a lot of countries. I think Studio “A” is now putting the competition on the U.S. map, and more modeling and dancing groups in the U.S. are starting to pay attention,” said Carver.

The World Championship of Performing Arts has an 18-year-old history of being the only international talent competition, held annually in Hollywood. The performing arts scouts who visit different studios in the country to watch the students audition handpick young students aspiring in dancing, singing, acting, and modeling to compete. Competition winner receive bronze, silver, and gold medals in addition to scholarships.

The girls returned with more than total 36 metals from a variety of categories at the competition, and well as a one-month scholarship to the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. Additionally, 17-year-old dance and spokesmodel competitor Ayana Watson won the six-month scholarship to the dance studio as well.

“These girls worked really hard to earn the medals and scholarships . . .,” Carver boasted. “I am so proud of their hard work and dedication to the group, and this competition will only help them to become better competitors in local and national competition.”

Carver said she owed a debt of gratitude to the mothers who tagged along on the 10-day trip with the girls, in addition to the director of the dance ensemble, Madison Spriggs who choreographed all the dances.


Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO