Written by Kristin Herron Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00
Gone Dancing celebrated its eighth year in Oyster Bay with its annual recital, held at St. Dominic’s auditorium on Saturday, June 21. With nearly 200 registered students, one recital would be too long. To solve that problem, Carrie Kirincic and Caitlin Malley presented two separate shows. The second show sold out days in advance.
Representing the culmination of a year’s worth of preparation for children as young as age 2, the shows highlighted many different styles of dance: ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, and even break-dancing.
As Malley said, “The recital is something the teachers and the kids work for all year. This was our eighth recital and every year it keeps getting better and better. They are a lot of work but in the end it’s all about the kids and helping them build up their confidence.”
Both recitals kicked off with the Gone Dancing Company presenting an homage to the 1980s with “What a Feeling.” Dressed in neon shirts and leg warmers, the 33 dancers energized the auditorium.
Featuring lifts and the breakdancing skills of 8-year-old Charlie Dickman of Bayville, the opening number set just the right tone.
Malley noted, “We picked ‘What a Feeling’ because it was a great song, really fun and upbeat. The song is about finding something you love and making it happen, and that is what the studio is to us.”
Some of the youngest performers may have been overwhelmed by their first times on stage in front of more than 400 audience members, but they persevered with great aplomb.
Six-year-old Camille Torres of Oyster Bay said, “I love, love, loved my first dance recital! It was so fun to be on stage and my favorite was to do my final split in front of everybody!”
The beautiful narrative dance “Another Cinderella Story” featured the trio of Grace Barrios, Meghan Kelly and Shannon Walsh, with each girl representing a different phase of Cinderella’s life. Meghan Kelly also joined Georgia Pappalardo and Mary Vera for the graceful lyrical dance “100 Years.”
Soloists Cailin Andrasick, Grace Barrios, Lily Dickman, Jane Gurney, Meghan Kelly, Alessandra Martorella, Molly McGee and Brittany Schiavone all received resounding applause.
To keep things fresh and exciting, Gone Dancing has introduced additional teachers to its roster. Franklin Chen leads the breakdancing class, with a group of young dancers performing feats that caused one audience member to say, “How do they do that?!”
Kelly Reilly instructs Acro class. Set to the beat of “Circus Afro” from the film Madagascar 3, the dance featured cartwheels, tumbles and a pyramid of dancers. As 7-year-old Julia Noboa of Oyster Bay said, “I
like when we did the Acro because it was fun. You got to do gymnastics.”
Lauren Fetkowitz’s unique choreography adds even more dimension to the studio and recital. The senior competition team danced magnificently to the Afro-Brazilian number “Maghalena.” The mini-team—all first-graders—interpreted friendships through the lyrical piece “Remember Me This Way.”
Kirincic and Malley jointly choreographed dances by the two junior teams. It was clear why the Junior 1 Team received a special award for the “Sassiest” number at one of the team’s three competitions this year for their energy and cohesion in “Conga.” The Junior 2s sparkled in purple sequins and fringe. The interplay of Charlie Dickman’s moves and Liana Giannuzzi’s acrobatics made for a fun interlude in “Hit the Road, Jack.”
Gone Dancing offers camps and classes during the summer and will start back with a full roster of classes in the fall. Competition team try-outs will be held in August. After eight years studying dance at
Gone Dancing, 10-year-old Shannon Walsh wouldn’t go anywhere else.
“I love dancing,” she said. “The people who work and dance here are like family to me.”
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”
Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:08
The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.
Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:58
5- and 6-year-old Peanuts
The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.
In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.