Royalty Productions 419 wins three first place dance trophies

In just one short year, the team has won three first places trophies against local, national, and international competition. On the far left, left to right are, CEO/Coach and founder, Antunette Russell, and assistant coaches, Monica Watkins, mom to Antunette Russell, and Daryana Watkins, and Bregena Scott.

By Journal Staff Writer

In just one short year, Royalty Productions 419, founded on April 17, 2017, as a youth organization that teaches a variety of dance, modeling, and drawing, has captured three first place trophies in dance. Those victories weren’t just against local talent, but national, and international as well.

Antunette Russell, CEO/Coach, and founder of Royalty Productions 419, has been dancing since she was a little girl. Ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and acro-dance, which is a combination of acrobatics, and dance, all make up her repertoire, which she teaches to the girls at her non-profit. Five days a week, she teaches her students everything she knows, in order to help make them successful in life.

“The goal of this organization is to help the girls reach their goals, in any of the areas that we teach,” she told The Toledo Journal during one of their practices at Spring Junior High, 730 Spring St.

“I want to give girls the opportunity to not only showcase their talents, but I want to take them to other cities, while showcasing those talents,” Ms. Russell said.

On April 5, 2018, Royalty Productions 419 did just that; showcased their talents in another city and in front of a national/international audience when they performed during the pre-game show of the Cleveland Cavaliers game.

“It was overwhelming, especially for the girls, to be able to perform in front of a large crowd, in such a short time,” Ms. Russell said.

Daryana Watkins, in purple, leads the team in one of their performances.

Daryana Watkins, 17, is one of the assistant coaches, as well as a dancer on the team, and Ms. Russell’s sister. Her duties include helping to choreograph, and motivate the girls, not just on the dance floor, but in school, and life.

“I love dancing, and I love helping the younger girls,” she said.

Like them on Facebook at Royalty Productions Dance Team. To see their performances go to their YouTube channel at Royalty Dance Team 419. For more information on enrollment, email