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Dancers shine at Spring Showcase recital.
Angel Carpenter

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Published on March 14, 2017 6:38PM

The Grant Union Gold dancers perform their state routine at the Spring Showcase, including Dana Schajor, front, Celine Hicks, left, and in back, from left, are Ali Chobo, Nikki Jones and Reannah Lemons.

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The Grant Union Gold dancers perform their state routine at the Spring Showcase, including Dana Schajor, front, Celine Hicks, left, and in back, from left, are Ali Chobo, Nikki Jones and Reannah Lemons.

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Level Two dancers strike a pose, including, from left, Danika Gravem, Paige Hicks and Alexis Rose.

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Level Two dancers strike a pose, including, from left, Danika Gravem, Paige Hicks and Alexis Rose.

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Sivanna Hodge jumps to the beat in a hip-hop routine with Kattie Piazza, left, and Shannon Adair, right.

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Sivanna Hodge jumps to the beat in a hip-hop routine with Kattie Piazza, left, and Shannon Adair, right.

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Level Two girls dance to “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor at Friday’s Spring Showcase, including Brenna Johns, Brooklyn Mumpfield, Cosette Klusmier and Silvie Holliday.

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Level Two girls dance to “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor at Friday’s Spring Showcase, including Brenna Johns, Brooklyn Mumpfield, Cosette Klusmier and Silvie Holliday.

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The Level One dancers sit with their teacher Autumn Holland and assistant Caroline Colson during the Spring Showcase.

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The Level One dancers sit with their teacher Autumn Holland and assistant Caroline Colson during the Spring Showcase.

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Grant Union Gold dancer Reannah Lemons presents a solo performance for the crowd at Friday’s Spring Showcase.

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Grant Union Gold dancer Reannah Lemons presents a solo performance for the crowd at Friday’s Spring Showcase.

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Level One dancers pose at the close of their performance at the Spring Showcase.

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Level One dancers pose at the close of their performance at the Spring Showcase.

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Becca Batease performs at the Spring Showcase.

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Becca Batease performs at the Spring Showcase.

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Performing a hip-hop routine are, from left, Autumn Holland, Liberty Wohlert, Jaiden Kerr, Ali Chobo and Halle Parsons.

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Performing a hip-hop routine are, from left, Autumn Holland, Liberty Wohlert, Jaiden Kerr, Ali Chobo and Halle Parsons.

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Grant Union Gold dancer Shanniyah Hall gives a solo performance at the Spring Showcase.

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Grant Union Gold dancer Shanniyah Hall gives a solo performance at the Spring Showcase.

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Emilie Updegrave, left, and Reannah Lemons perform with the Grant Union Gold team.

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Emilie Updegrave, left, and Reannah Lemons perform with the Grant Union Gold team.

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Dana Schajor, front, and Shanniyah Hall dance with the Grant Union Gold team which gave a commanding performance, presenting their state routine for the home crowd at Thursday’s Spring Showcase.

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Dana Schajor, front, and Shanniyah Hall dance with the Grant Union Gold team which gave a commanding performance, presenting their state routine for the home crowd at Thursday’s Spring Showcase.

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Level Three dancers shine on the gym floor stage.

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Level Three dancers shine on the gym floor stage.

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The Gemstones junior high competition team perform at Thursday’s Spring Showcase.

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The Gemstones junior high competition team perform at Thursday’s Spring Showcase.

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Over 50 dancers from ages 4 and up entertained an appreciative crowd in several styles at Friday’s Spring Showcase.

The annual event, held at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School in John Day, is also the kickoff as the Grant Union Gold varsity dance team prepares for this week’s OSAA Dance and Drill Championships.

Dance groups performing at the showcase included the youngest Level One group, taught by Autumn Holland with assistant Caroline Colson; Level Two taught by Trista DeRosier; and Level Three taught by Megan Cameron.

These three groups and the junior high competition team, the Gemstones, practice at the Body Fitness & Dance gym, while the Grant Union Gold operates through the school.

Kattie Piazza is a first-year coach for the varsity dance team, and she coordinated the showcase. She took over where former coach Shannon Adair left off.

“I was super honored with the turnout,” Piazza said.

Besides coaching her team and serving as emcee for the evening, Piazza also performed in a duet with Gemstones coach Becca Batease and was part of a mixed-age group performing a hip-hop routine choreographed by Adair.

Other performances included solos and duets.

Seven-year-old Jaylan LaDuke danced with the Level Two group in costumes with poofy pink skirts, performing to Meghan Trainor’s song “Dear Future Husband.”

“I loved it,” she said of the event. “I love having Trista as my coach and dancing.”

Batease, a Grant Union senior, said the Gemstones will be “very ready for state in April.”

Gemstone dancer Halle Parsons said the team performed well. She also was a part of the hip-hop performance. She said she loves the opportunity she has to express emotions through dance.

“Our team is open-minded and able to say what’s on our minds which helps us improve,” she said.

Senior Reannah Lemons performed with the varsity dance team as well as a solo routine. She said she’s looking forward to state this week.

“This team has grown tremendously this year, and I’m excited to see how we place,” she said.

The Grant Union Gold topped off the showcase event with their performance themed “Revolt.”

A poem at the beginning of the presentation, reads, in part: “They said I couldn’t do it. Be grace. Be power. ... Prove them wrong.”

Piazza said she was proud of all the dancers who performed at the Showcase.

Her team will leave for state Wednesday, March 15, and perform at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 8:10 a.m. Thursday, competing with 1A through 4A teams.

“The high school team performed the best I’ve seen them so far this year, and I’m excited that we got to perform for our home town,” she said, adding she’s encouraged by the size of the local dance programs. “I hope it continues to grow and that we can continue to serve the community.”



























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