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Gone Dancing Dancers Win At The Edge

Gone Dancing has been providing dance education for children ages 2 and up for the past eight years in Oyster Bay. Three years ago owners Carrie Kirincic and Caitlin Malley introduced a Competition Team.

“It was time for us to take our dancers’ performing to the next level,” explains Kirincic. “Competitive dance enhances their ability to really perform and dance for an audience. They also learn about being part of a team and the benefits of healthy competition. Not to mention the amazing friendships that are formed not only from the hours spent at the studio, but the weekends spent at competition.”

May 17 and 18 was one of those weekends. The 2014 Team performed in their third and final competition of the year at Walt Whitman High School. The 33 girls and one boy vied in the regionals of the Edge National Talent Competition – and returned to Oyster Bay with more trophies for Gone Dancing’s windows.

Performances are scored by professional dancers, and performers are awarded a rating based on their technique, choreography, performance and costuming. The highest rating is Platinum followed by High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver, and Bronze. Every performer at Gone Dancing rated “High Gold.”

The Mini Team (first grade) won first place in their division for “That’s What Girls Do.” The Junior 2 Team (second and third grade) won first place for “Hit the Road, Jack.” The Junior 1 Team (fourth grade) won first place for “Do Re Mi” and kicked off the competition as the first performers with “Conga.” The Seniors (fifth grade and up) won first place for both of their dances: the jazz number “Deeper Love” and the contemporary “Maghalena.” They also placed overall amongst 9- to 12-year-old groups, coming in fourth place for “Maghalena” and second place for “Deeper Love.”

The duet, “A Little Party” by Cailin Andrasick and Alana Conroy, took fourth place overall amongst 9- to 12-year-olds. Jane Gurney placed sixth overall for 8 and under solos with her lyrical number “Never Grow Up.” Meghan Kelly took first place for 9-year-old lyrical solo, Grace Barrios placed first for 9-year-old contemporary and Molly McGee placed first for 11-year-old solo.

Overall in the 9-12 age division, Gone Dancing took five of the top 10 spots: Meghan Kelly took third place for “Where I Stood,” Molly McGee placed sixth for “His Eye is On the Sparrow,” Lily Dickman placed seventh for “Falling Slowly,” Cailin Andrasick took eighth place for “Undo It” and Grace Barrios placed ninth for “Fighter.”

The dances were choreographed by Kirincic, Malley, and technique teacher Lauren Fetkowitz. They all concur with Kirincic who said, “We are so proud of the hard work of the whole team! They did an amazing job!”

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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