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Dancers from Greencastle school win honors at national competition

August 17, 2008

Clarissa's School of Performing Arts dancers performed well at the Ticket to Broadway's National Competition July 14-16 in Baltimore.

The three-day event featured competition and convention classes in which dancers studied lyrical, tap, and jazz dance, with teachers from around the U.S.

Dancers McKenna Kissinger, Margo Blattenberger and Jessica Clevinger were chosen from a regional competition this past fall to perform in the "Circle of Stars" opening ceremony of the grand awards ceremony.

The three dancers had the opportunity to work with two professional choreographers on a special 7 1/2 minute dance, which they learned in two days.

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The results of the competition were as follows:

McKenna Kissinger, first place high gold, fourth place overall high score for Petite, and Miss Broadway Award for an acrobat dance; Margo Blattenberger, first place high gold for open solo, fourth place high bold for tap solo, and first overall high score for junior soloist.

Charlotte Thomas, first high gold for character, first place high gold for ballet solo and third place overall high score award for junior soloist; Jessica Clevenger, fourth place high gold for lyrical solo; Jada Baker, second place high gold for lyrical solo; Alyssa Fleagle, first place high gold for jazz solo, Mariah Kissinger/Jessica Clevenger, first place high gold for character duet; Mariah Kissinger/Margo Blattenberger, first place high score for hip-hop duet.

McKenna Kissinger/Jada Baker, first place high score for acrobat duet; Alexias Thuahnai/Morgan Hill, first place high score for jazz duet; Mindy Stenger/Michel Bumbaugh, first place high gold for lyrical duet.

The first place high gold award for a character group dance to "Chimney Sweeps" went to McKenna Kissinger, Mariah Kissinger, Emily Strausner, Margo Blattenberger, Megan Witmer, Kaitlynn Howard, Alexis Thuahnai, Jada Baker, Alyssa Fleagle, Marleena Bock, Morgan Hill, Charlotte Thomas and Paige Kaetzel.

First place high gold for an adult jazz group went to Lisa Crawford, Danette March, Tracy Clevenger, Lisa Fetterhoff, Linda Hartman, Vita Davis, Martha Blattenberger and Alyson Thomas.

The dancers are now getting ready for dance camp, Aug. 18-22, as well as preparing for the fall dance season, which starts Sept. 2, and the upcoming competition season. For more information about the studio or upcoming classes and events, call 717-597-2420. The school is at 91 Pine Drive, Greencastle, Pa.

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