May 27, 2018
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Dance teams earn high marks in competition

HOLDEN — The Top Hat II Dance Team announced that on March 16 in North Berwick, its year’s dance teams maintained the school’s high standards and set a new one that will be difficult to top. They entered five routines and received five Elite awards, the highest adjudication award given at Dancersinc competitions. To receive an Elite award, a routine must receive at least 288 points out of a possible 300 from a panel of three judges. The Top Hat II Dance Team is composed of 70 dancers, ages 10 to 18, who are from Bangor, Brewer, Holden, Eddington, Hampden, Winterport, Bradley, Carmel, Bucksport, Glenburn, Frankfort, Corinth, Orrington and Blue Hill.

The Junior Team of 17 dancers in fifth and sixth grade, all performing at their first competition, took the stage with “Which Way to the Beach?,” a tap routine to a medley of Beach Boys songs.  The dancers incorporated boogie boards into a “wave” near the end of the energetic routine, and along with the Elite award, they also were named Top Large Group in Future Star, ages 9 to 12.

The Intermediate Team performed a routine to “Sing, Sing, Sing”, which included 25 dancers performing  intricate steps while negotiating several formation and rhythm changes. The routine received the second highest score in the age 11 to 12 Rising Star ( intermediate) Division.

The Senior Team performed “Boy Band Beat,” mainly in tap dance, but it included a surprise hip hop section performed by five of the dancers at the end of the routine. The Senior Team was named Top Large Group in Teen Rising Star.

The Tap Team, composed of 33 dancers ages 11 to 18, performed “La Fiesta,” a piece resembling an exercise class in tap shoes. The routine was in the same division as “Boy Band Beat” and came in one point behind the Senior Team’s routine.

Top Hat II’s Senior Tap Team competed in the Allstar (advanced) division. “Run and Tell That” from “Hairspray” placed second  overall in Allstar Teen Large Groups, and also received a precision award for the fast paced routine.

The dancers will now focus their attention on learning routines for the studio’s spring recital which will be held June 1 at the Collins Center in Orono, but will continue to work on the competition routines to make improvements they hope will bring even more success at the national competition in July.

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