On March 27, 28 and 29, the Holliday Dance Competition Team traveled to Pittsburgh to compete in the Dance Educators of America Regional Dance Competition. The 60-member competition team, ranging in age from 6 to 20 years, arrived to showcase their 25 show-stopping dances. Holliday Dance left the competition with an astounding 2 Platinum Awards, the highest awarded at the competition, as well as 14 Gold and 9 Silver Medals. The Holliday Dance Competition Team also placed at the top of their categories for many of their routines.
The highest accolades of the weekend went to the competition team's Junior Production routine and their Senior Tap dance. The Lion King, the Junior Production routine, was awarded a Platinum Award and was also the second highest scoring routine in the junior production category for the entire competition. The Lion King, choreographed by Diana McGough and Mandi Murphy, also was awarded a cash award for top choreography for all junior productions. Mama Mia, the Senior Tap routine, was also awarded the prestigious Platinum Award. Mamma Mia, choreographed by Diana McGough, was also honored as the judges' choice for "Audience Favorite".
Several other Holliday Dance routines were also awarded with high accolades. The Little Acro number, Jellicle Cats, choreographed by Mandi Murphy, was awarded a gold medal and was honored with 1st Place for all Junior Lines. The Tap Trio, Boogie Wonderland, choreographed by Marissa Carney and performed by Jadin Ray, Alexis Shaw, and Paige Shaw, was awarded a gold medal and placed 2nd Place for all Pre-Teen Trios. The Small Fry Jazz routine, Hit the Road Jack, choreographed by Sharon Hollingshead, was awarded 3rd Place overall for Small Fry Groups, in their first time competing! Annie and Abby Maucieri were also recognized for their exceptional ballet talent, and were awarded half-scholarships to attend Dance Educators of America's National Ballet Summer Workshop.
Holliday Dance - Double Platinum Winners at Regional Competition
Holliday Dance Competition team members from left to right. 1st Row: Catherine Anderson, Paige Jodon, Meghan Cutshall, Kate Urban, Emily Brown, Sidney Pohar, Alexis Stevens. 2nd Row: Logan McIntosh, Noelle Bradley, Kourtney Lewis, Lilly Viego, Alyssa Brozenich, Emily Eger, Kelsey Brumbaugh, Sydney Sidehamer, Jessica Musselman, Isaac Ray, Michaela Burket. 3rd Row: Shannon Horvath, Kali Wallace, Erica Schroth, Kaitlyn Black, Nicole Bradley, Danielle Heininger, Jade Madden, Catherine Averill, Teresa Sullivan, Kelley McCaa, Tara Leonard, Brianne Garland & Instructor - Mandi Murphy. 4th Row: Instructor/Owner - Sharon Hollingshead, Kacie Emeigh, Anna Hollingshead, Paige Shaw, Jaden Murphy, Cindy Brennan, Hanna Wyland, Kaitlynn Eger, Jadin Ray, Jorden Black, Arionna Shaw, Annie Diminick, Abby Maucieri & Instructor - Diana McGough. 5th Row: Alexis Shaw, Julie Rosensteel, Julie Pope, Caitlin Samson, Lizzy Martinsen, Sarah Emeigh, Angela Bobak, Morgan Cree, Annie Maucieri, Krista Isenberg, Jessica Melusky & Whitney Shaw. Absent from photo are Instructor Marissa Carney, Cara Collins, Kendra Jones, Juliana Piacentini & Emily Routch.
Holliday Dance, owned and directed by Sharon Hollingshead, will be showcasing all of these award-winning competition dances in their Annual Spring Recital, being held at the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School on May 15th and 16th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
For information on joining Holliday Dance or to purchase tickets for the recital, call 696-5775 or visit www.hollidaydance.com.