Dancers Shine at YMCA ‘Got Dance’ Showcase

Irish Dancer Victoria Hypes was named the Judges’ and Peoples’ Choice individual winner. Photo by Henrik Sandin

Bolllywood dancers won the Judges’ group award. Photo by Henrik Sandin
People’s Favorite Group was an International Latin Pasa Doble dance. Photo by Henrik Sandin

YMCA News:

Top honors were awarded to dancers among 12 acts that performed at The Family YMCA’s “Got Dance” Variety Showcase Friday at New Beginnings Fellowship Church.  

Victoria Hypes was named the Judges’ and Peoples’ Choice Individual Winner for her Irish Dance rendition of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”

The Judges’ Group Award was given to the Bollywood dance, “Maarjani.” Dancers in this group included Margaret Stevens, Ramya Stevens, Nora Arbuckle, Sahana Summadi, Nileena Velappan, Priyanka Velappan, Neelima Prasad and Ashvini Vaidya.

Peoples’ Favorite Group was won by International Latin Pasa Doble dance performed by Chantel Perkins, Hannah Dye, Annie Smith, Jye Bold, Danielle Prokop, Justin Dunn, Derek Selvage and Brad Morley. 

A classical ballet on point dance by Shayna Mallet for a variation from “The Fairy Doll,” and a classical ballet on point dance, Lilac Fair variation from Sleeping Beauty by Melina Burnside came very close in points to winning the Judges’ Choice Award.

Lauren Burr’s contemporary dance, “Somewhere,” and Jenna Erickson’s classical ballet on point of the Ballerina Doll from the Nutcracker, garnered high points in the individual category as well.

These other groups also garnered merit in points from the judges and audience votes were: American Rhythm Jitterbug by Josh Ebanks and Lindsey Villareal; Indian classical Kathak dance, Sargam, and a folk dance, Rajasthani. with dancers Ashvini Vaidya, Priyanka Velappan and Neelima Prasad.

Other points were given to a modern belly dance performance, Mayal. by Heather Beemer, Kristi Beguin, Margaret Guthrie, Marti Hill, Jennifer Hollingsworth, Michele Merenkov, Sibel Ebru Yalcin and Ceren Nesliham; and to a hip hop dance entitledMonochrome by Helen Lu and Hannah Dye.

The showcase was a fundraiser for the Y’s annual campaign that provides more than 200 people each year with scholarships for Y programs.

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