A standing-room only crowd enjoyed the talents of 39 performers at the Winter Wonderland dance recital Saturday at the Canyon City Community Hall.

Four groups, from the youngest Tiny Twisters group who are as young as age 4 to the junior high Divas Divine team, danced to festive holiday music.

Solos and duet performances also wowed the audience.

“Our girls worked amazingly hard, and we couldn’t be prouder,” said Susan LaDuke, who is in her second year managing the dance program for Body, Fitness & Dance in John Day.

She said the number of people out to support the event amazed her.

Autumn Holland, who coached the Tiny Twisters, along with Krista Qual, said her group of 10 held their composure well as they waited for their music to begin.

“They’re so sweet,” she said. “It’s nice to have them look up to me.”

LaDuke said they may seek a larger venue for their spring program, which will include 80s and 90s music for a “flashback.”

Coaches

Tiny Twisters: Autumn Holland

Twinkle Toes: Tasha Lundbom

Dancing Divas: Ashleigh Romero

Divas Divine: Ashleigh Romero

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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