The Grant Union Gold dance team performed Dec. 6-7 in a musical theater presentation at their 22nd Annual Holiday Showcase in John Day.

Dancing to the theme “Holiday Traditions,” 16 girls were cast as characters, including a welcoming elf (Brianna Majors), a Grinch (Zinny Locke), reindeer and snow fairies.

Majors, who performed a short dance between each routine, said she’d never performed in a musical theater.

“The first night was a big success,” she said on opening night. “To have it like Broadway is a new, positive experience.”

This year, the team performed without the addition of three to four dozen younger dancers who are coached through Body, Fitness & Dance, focusing instead on the theater-style program.

One younger dancer joined the group, seventh-grader Hailey Mecham, who auditioned and was chosen by the team, said Grant Union Gold head coach Kattie Piazza.

Piazza said she was pleased with the performances.

“I thought it went really well, and they worked hard,” she said. “A lot of it was their own choreography.”

The styles of dance included jazz, ballet and hip-hop.

She added, “They did a great job embodying the characters and making it feel like a play.”

The dance team will now continue preparing for their competition season, which begins Feb. 9 in Tigard.

Angel Carpenter is a

reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. She can be contacted at angel@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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