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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

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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