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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Dance show winners announced

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  • Several dancers performed a variety of routines to a sold out crowd during the third annual “So You Think You Can Dance: Rolla Edition.”
     
    The event, a fundraiser for Ozark Actors Theatre, raised about $2,000, according to Gessell Frisbee, director of the production.
     
    The show, which was held Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Cedar Street Playhouse in Rolla, featured 20 performances, including 13 in the youth division for performers 14 and under, and seven in the adult division for ages 15 and over.
     
    The top three winners in each division were awarded prizes and a few other awards were given, too.
     
    Fifty percent of points were assigned by the judges and the other 50 percent came from the audience who were given ballots to vote. The audience was asked to judge performances based on creativity, technique, choreography, performance quality and entertainment value.
     
    In the youth division, first place went to “L-O-V-E” performed by Jeremy Hanson, Tristan Hanson, MacKenzie Mott and Melanie Mott. Michael Baxter choreographed the dance.
     
    Second place went to “Dreaming” performed by Makenna Oster and choreographed by Kim Generally.
     
    “Sisters” performed by twin sisters Helen and Julia Leventis and choreographed by Gabrielle Henson, won third place.
     
    In the adult division, “Nearer” performed and choreographed by Flora Caudill, won first place.
     
    Second place went to “Correlation,” performed by Flora Caudill and Erin Gaddis. The two also did the choreography for the dance.
     
    Jeanne, Phyllis, Robin, Emily, Felicia, MaryAnn and Barbara won third place with “30 Days.” Ozark Spirit Cloggers choreographed this dance.
     
    Other awards given included the Rising Star Award, which Makenna Oster won; Judges’ Choice, which went to “L-O-V-E” and the Choreograph award that went to “Correlation.”
     
    This year’s judges were Hannah Bagnall, Susanna Bose and Carla Williams. Ozark Actors Theatre presented the event.
    “The show went really well,” Frisbee said. “We had some awesome, talented dancers.”
     
    The number of entries was similar to previous events, she added.
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