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, 27 September 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.
Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.
Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.