Local dancers win big in Charleston
Published 11:55 am Friday, April 28, 2023
Dancers from Dance Dynamics competed in the Southern Council of Dance Masters Competition in Charleston, S.C., and had some big winners. The students competed against dancers from across North and South Carolina.
Winning the Highest Score of all 13-and-over Duos and Trios was the duet of Aleigha Blackwell and Bethany Smith. The tap duet, “My Mischievous Shadow,” received a High Platinum and the Most Entertaining Award.
The Diamond Tap Group, consisting of Fable Barker, Aleigha Blackwell, Zoey Conner, Jasmine Keele and Sadie Vanderford was the 2nd Highest Scoring Group of all 12-and-under groups. They performed “Step In Time,” and Josh Borges and Missy Fincher won the Choreography Award for this routine. Winning the 12-and-under LaBruce Heist Choreography Award is a big honor for teachers and choreographers. There are only two choreography awards bestowed out of more than 150 numbers and this award is named in memory of a great dance teacher and Dance Masters Member.
Fable Barker scored High Platinum with both of her solos and they both placed in the Top 10 out of 40-plus numbers. Her contemporary routine, “Running with the Wolves,” was the highest-scoring routine from the 11 and 12-year-olds of the day and was the 2nd-highest 12-and-under solo. Her jazz dance, “Last Dance” was the 6th highest 12-and-under solo.
Bethany Smith also had a big day, winning a High Platinum with her tap solo, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” She placed 6th overall with her tap routine in the 13-and-over division. Her lyrical solo, “This One’s for You,” received a Platinum and her hip-hop solo, “Juice,” also received a Platinum, and was chosen as Most Entertaining Solo out of all 13-and-over solos.
The duet of Zoey Conner and Leighanna Wofford received Platinum and 7th Overall for their jazz routine, “Zero to Hero.”
Platinum winners include Sadie Vanderford (lyrical), Leighanna Wofford (jazz), Aleigha Blackwell (tap and contemporary), Jasmine Keele (tap), and the Diamond Jazz Group.
High Gold winners include Zoey Conner (tap), Emilee Shehan (tap), Jasmine Keele (hip-hop) and Reese Owens (lyrical and hip-hop), the Platinum Tap Trio of Khloe Montgomery, Emilee Shehan and Leighanna Wofford, and the Platinum Jazz group of Khloe Montgomery, Reese Owens, Emilee Shehan and Leighanna Wofford.
It was a great weekend for the dancers and families who enjoyed their wins, along with the beaches and fun of Charleston. Dance Dynamics Owner Missy Fincher was very proud of all the students and especially proud of the teachers who have worked hard to make all the students be their best.