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The 21st annual Holiday Showcase draws a crowd of over 400.
Angel Carpenter

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Published on December 5, 2017 5:15PM

Grant Union Gold dance team: front row, from left, Andrea Comer, Leah Comer, Mercedes Locke, Brianna Majors, Shanniyah Hall, Nikki Jones; back row, Reah Mead, Emilie Updegrave, Ali Chobo and Clara Carr.

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Grant Union Gold dance team: front row, from left, Andrea Comer, Leah Comer, Mercedes Locke, Brianna Majors, Shanniyah Hall, Nikki Jones; back row, Reah Mead, Emilie Updegrave, Ali Chobo and Clara Carr.

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The Tiny Twisters dance group performs to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” at the Holiday Showcase, including, from left, Josie Hollowell, Mikaia Houpt, Asher LaDuke and Allison Fansler.

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The Tiny Twisters dance group performs to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” at the Holiday Showcase, including, from left, Josie Hollowell, Mikaia Houpt, Asher LaDuke and Allison Fansler.

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The Grant Union Gold dance team performs at Friday’s 21st annual Holiday Showcase.

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The Grant Union Gold dance team performs at Friday’s 21st annual Holiday Showcase.

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Grant Union Gold dancers Brianna Majors, left, and Shanniyah Hall perform a duet to “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix at the Holiday Showcase.

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Grant Union Gold dancers Brianna Majors, left, and Shanniyah Hall perform a duet to “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix at the Holiday Showcase.

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Silvie Holliday, center, and other Dancing Divas perform at the Holiday Showcase.

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Silvie Holliday, center, and other Dancing Divas perform at the Holiday Showcase.

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Members of the Divas Divine junior team Kylee Zirkel and Anahi Gonzalez perform at the Holiday Showcase.

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Members of the Divas Divine junior team Kylee Zirkel and Anahi Gonzalez perform at the Holiday Showcase.

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Danika Gravem spins as she dances at the Holiday Showcase.

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Danika Gravem spins as she dances at the Holiday Showcase.

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Emilie Updegrave performs to “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix at the Holiday Showcase.

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Emilie Updegrave performs to “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix at the Holiday Showcase.

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All the Holiday Showcase dancers joined in freestyle dancing on stage at the end of the program. From left: Mia Hall, Casidy Mead, Rhys Nehl, Tyleece Courtney and Saige Lundbom.

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All the Holiday Showcase dancers joined in freestyle dancing on stage at the end of the program. From left: Mia Hall, Casidy Mead, Rhys Nehl, Tyleece Courtney and Saige Lundbom.

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The Twinkle Toes dancers, including, from left, Sophia Rix, Adalyn Judd, Mia Hall, Audrey Colson, Bentley Hall, are ready to perform at the Holiday Showcase.

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The Twinkle Toes dancers, including, from left, Sophia Rix, Adalyn Judd, Mia Hall, Audrey Colson, Bentley Hall, are ready to perform at the Holiday Showcase.

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The Dancing Divas junior team kicks it up to “Beautiful Christmas” by Big Time Rush. From left: Hailey Mecham, Kylee Zirkel, Anahi Gonzalez, Hannah Kennedy, Sydnie Brandon and Kendra Hartkoff.

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The Dancing Divas junior team kicks it up to “Beautiful Christmas” by Big Time Rush. From left: Hailey Mecham, Kylee Zirkel, Anahi Gonzalez, Hannah Kennedy, Sydnie Brandon and Kendra Hartkoff.

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Jamie Vandehey takes the stage solo, dancing to “Deck the Rooftop” by The Glee Cast.

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Jamie Vandehey takes the stage solo, dancing to “Deck the Rooftop” by The Glee Cast.

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The Divas Divine junior high dance team performs to “Good to Be Bad” by Pentatonix at the Holiday Showcase. From left: Hailey Mecham, Kylee Zirkel, Anahi Gonzalez, Hannah Kennedy, Sydnie Brandon and Kendra Hartkoff.

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The Divas Divine junior high dance team performs to “Good to Be Bad” by Pentatonix at the Holiday Showcase. From left: Hailey Mecham, Kylee Zirkel, Anahi Gonzalez, Hannah Kennedy, Sydnie Brandon and Kendra Hartkoff.

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Dancing in a duet are Danika Gravem, left, and Ember Dutcher.

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Dancing in a duet are Danika Gravem, left, and Ember Dutcher.

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Grant Union Gold dance team performs to “Christmas Like We Do” by Maggie Eckford at Friday’s Holiday Showcase.

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Grant Union Gold dance team performs to “Christmas Like We Do” by Maggie Eckford at Friday’s Holiday Showcase.

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The Grant Union Gold dance team performs at Friday’s 21st annual Holiday Showcase. From left, Maddie Spencer, Emilie Updegrave, Leah Comer and Ali Chobo.

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The Grant Union Gold dance team performs at Friday’s 21st annual Holiday Showcase. From left, Maddie Spencer, Emilie Updegrave, Leah Comer and Ali Chobo.

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The Tiny Twisters dance group performs at the 21st annual Holiday Showcase, including, from left, Addison Wilson, Charli Hendrickson and Annabelle Raschio.

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The Tiny Twisters dance group performs at the 21st annual Holiday Showcase, including, from left, Addison Wilson, Charli Hendrickson and Annabelle Raschio.

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Tiny Twisters dance group lights up the stage at Friday’s Holiday Showcase, including, from left, Addison Wilson, Charli Hendrickson, Annabelle Raschio, Aubri Judd and Saber Thomas.

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Tiny Twisters dance group lights up the stage at Friday’s Holiday Showcase, including, from left, Addison Wilson, Charli Hendrickson, Annabelle Raschio, Aubri Judd and Saber Thomas.

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Dancers from ages 4-18, wowed the crowds with a range of dance styles, from lyrical to jazz.

Performing in solos, duets and groups, the youth danced to contemporary and classic Christmas music.

“There was a lot of variety,” said showcase coordinator Kattie Piazza, who also coaches the Grant Union Gold varsity dance team. “I’m super proud of the dancers and all their hard work.”

Nikki Jones, a Grant Union Gold dancer who also performed a solo to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” said the showcase was a great experience.

“It’s always fun to have the little kids performing, so they can experience the world of dance,” she said.

Coach Jennifer Hughes and her assistant Ashleigh Romero led the Dancing Divas (Level 3), a group of 17 dancers in third through fifth grades.

They also coached the sixth- through eighth-grade junior high team, called the Divas Divine.

“We’re seeing a lot of talent from these girls,” Hughes said. “When they reach high school, it will be amazing.”

Other groups included the Tiny Twisters (Level 1), age 4 through kindergarten, coached by Autumn Holland and assistant Tasha Lundbom, and the Twinkle Toes (Level 2) group of first- and second-graders, coached by Trista DeRosier and assistants Caroline Colson and Tasha Lundbom.

More than 400 audience members attended the showcase.

The event is the main fundraiser for the Gold dancers to help pay for their costumes and travel expenses.

“I’m super blessed with the turnout we’ve had,” Piazza said. “I want to thank all the high school dance team parents for all their help with tickets, tables and baked goods.”

She said she was pleased with her team’s performances.

“This team has so much talent and drive,” she said. “I think they’re going to have a great year.”



































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