OHIO VALLEY — Gallia Meigs Performing Arts Dance Studio finished the year with both regional and national wins.
“It has been an exciting season and so many wins — too many to list,” said Patty Fellure, director and choreographer for the studio. “These girls showed such growth and talent. We are all so proud of their accomplishments.”
The studio is made up of 60 students “in the training process.”
“It is a growing process to prepare themselves for competition,” Fellure explained. “When they are ready, they can compete.”
The studio offers ballet, tap, jazz and pointe. Teams are built from the technically accomplished students in these classes.
Currently, 26 students make up three competition teams and have completed their 2016 season with numerous wins.
During Encore Talent Productions Nationals in Cincinnati on June 23-26, Abby Eads and Molly Eads won the Overall Recreational Teen Duet/Trio. Adrianna Powell and Kelly Darst finished closely in the third overall position.
Teen team members Madison Maynard, Marlee Maynard, Abby Eads, Kylie Dillon, Hannah Evans, Aubree Lyons and Jenna Marshall won fifth overall with a jazz routine and seventh overall with their tap performance in Recreational Teen Small Groups.
Aubree Lyons was ninth in Recreational Teen Solos.
The junior team of Destiny Gray, Gracie Queen, Madison Stewart, Marissa Allen, Zoe Enos, Mackenzie James, Molly Eads, and Halle Rykowski placed eighth overall in the Recreational Junior Small Teams with their tap routine.
Hallie Kearns, Hollee Castor, Lillian Bowles, Lorena Kennedy, Kennedy Fellure, Halle Lewis and Jenna Bowles made up the Petite Team and competed at nationals at Star Talent Productions in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The group placed ninth in Petite Excel Small Groups.
Lillian and Jenna Bowles duet won first place in Petite Excel Musical Theater Duet/Trio and Patty Fellure won the top National Exceptional Choreography Award at the Myrtle Beach competition.
Jessica Northup won first place in Elite Adult Lyrical and also the Overall Adult at Star Talent Productions regional in Charleston, W.Va. Winning first place in Jazz and Overall Excel Senior Duet/Trio were Madison Maynard and Marlee Maynard. The duet of Halle Lewis and Hollee Castor won first place Petite Excel Lyrical Duet/Trio
Aubree Lyons won first place in Lyrical and first in Jazz solo in Teen Shining Star at Star Systems regional in Charleston, and the Petite Team won first in Small Group Tap in the Shining Star Division.
“It is just wonderful to see these girls focused and achieving their goals,” Fellure said. “It is rewarding to work with a group like this one.”
Reach Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551