THUMBS UP: Savage Dance, a studio in Eldersburg, recently won the upper division of the World of Dance competition in New Jersey. Studio owner Nichole Savage said they heard about the competition from one of their choreographers, Dez Soliven, who taught the company the choreography a few weeks before they performed. Savage said she just wanted her dancers, who ranged in age from 8 to 18, to gain some experience as they were competing against adult groups. When Savage Dance was announced as the winner, Savage said she was "shocked." "It was quite humbling that a little community from Carroll County can go to New Jersey, New York and beat crews that are three-time champions," she told us. They followed that up by competing in the Dance Awards in Orlando, Florida, from July 9-15, finishing in the top five in their division. The studio has been operating for 15 years, but in the past five years, Savage said she moved the studio to focus more on the commercial industry to help the dancers prepare for professional dance careers.