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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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