The USA Dance Company (USADC) has named Kristen Pittman national director and head coach. The USADC is preparing to compete in the 2017 world championships in Rawa Mazowiecka, Poland. Pittman, a veteran of the dance industry and owner of Little Rock's Rock City Dance Center, will lead the 19-member USADC team on the world stage this December. The competition, hosted by the International Dance Organization, includes Jazz, Modern and Contemporary dance categories. The USADC team includes dancers from across the country and features several dancers from Arkansas. The team will compete against more than 8,000 performances from 4,000 dancers and over 30 countries across six continents to earn a gold, silver or bronze medal. "Many people don't realize that there is no dance competition in the Olympics, this is truly the closest thing to that," said Kristen Pittman, USADC director and head coach. "We're providing these young people an opportunity to compete on an international stage and the chance to work with some of the best dancers in the world. It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the dancers and I'm honored to lead this team." Pittman has recruited Shannon Atkins to assist with coaching duties. Atkins was the director and founder of "Dance Technique," a leading performing arts center on the Gold Coast of Australia. Atkins currently teaches at the Broadway Dance Center in New York. The USADC team began rehearsals in September to prepare for the competition. The team has plans for a showcase in November and will invite the public to join a sendoff at Clinton National Airport on November 30
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