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Andrea’s School of Dance sets 25th anniversary recital

Courtesy photo Students at Andrea’s School of Dance include (from left): first row — Ava Beiswenger, Nora Hoy, Triumph Kilmartin, Morgan Kienzle and Adaya Craig; second row — Shawna Lovrich, Layla Kurtz, Jillian Hrzic, Sarah Christofer, Carsyn Gilbert and Allison Nycum; third row — Anna Lovrich, Emily Martin, Hanna Eakin, Izabella Holes, Emily Osborne, Kali Lonsinger and Airalyn McElhinney; fourth row — Brooke McNeel, Eliya Craig, Lauren Heisler, Kaitlyn Dickinson, Courtney Pier, McKenzie Lang, Megan Smithmyer and Hannah Wicks; fifth row — Jamyson Focht, Johanna Whiteford, Makenzie Kissell, Adisyn Gilbert, Kaitlin Shanafelt, Mya Decker, Victoria Mauk, Abby Cunningham and Alyssa Cumming. Sasha Neyman is absent from the photo.

The annual recital for Andrea’s School of Dance will be “A Celebration of 25 Years.”

This milestone will be recognized on Saturday at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona. Curtain time is 7 p.m.

Alumni will return to perform a number for this special occasion. Music from routines over the past 25 years will be featured with new choreography and performed by the students of Andrea’s School of Dance, including members from the award-winning competition team, The Main Street Dance Company.

Tickets for “A Celebration of 25 Years” can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $8 for general admission.

This year, the team competed at several competitions, locally at Motion Dance Competition and Convention in Altoona, then Headliners in Johnstown, Cutting Edge in York and Encore in Woodbridge, Va.

Company members showcased their talents in various genres with dances choreographed by Andrea McGraw, owner/artistic director; Brittany Umstead, associate artistic director; Jocie Hrzic, instructor; and alumni Colin Heininger, now a member of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in New York City.

The team brought home many top awards as follows: one double platinum, 10 first-place platinum, one second-place platinum, 10 platinum, eight first-place high gold, two second-place high gold, 13 high gold and 18 gold, along with overall awards as follows: five first-place, four second-place, nine third-place, four fourth-place and six fifth-place with the Elite Juniors winning highest score of the competition.

In addition, special awards were given for “Perfect Pairings,” “All in the Details,” “Engaging Ensemble,” “Great Concept” and “Direct Diagonals.” Judges Choice for Best Choreography was awarded to Hrzic.

Seven company members also earned scholarships throughout the season.

For more information on this award-winning studio and summer intensives being offered, visit www.andreasschoolofdance.com or on Facebook at Andrea’s School of Dance or call the studio at 742-8211 or email the studio at andream@andreasschoolofdance.com.

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