Emerald Belles Take Home Top Honors at State Competition
Mar 08, 2016 07:48AM
● By Audrey Sellers
There’s no dancing around it: the Emerald Belles are topnotch. At the ShowMakers state competition at Texas State University last month, the Carroll Senior High School Emerald Belles placed first in high kick, first in jazz and first in lyrical. Additionally, they were awarded Overall Entertainment, Creative Costuming, Judge’s Award, and Outstanding Choreography, Showmanship, Technique and Precision in all three dances. They also were named in Line of Champions of the contest and second place overall in division.
The officers competed and were awarded first place in their jazz, lyrical and contemporary routines. They received creative costuming for their lyrical, Judge’s award, Outstanding Choreography, Showmanship and Technique in all three dances, and Outstanding Precision in contemporary. They also were named in Line of Champions of the contest and second place overall in division.
Several of the Belles competed in the solo category. In the 11th/12th solo division, Jessica Bowman won first place, Laurel Kavanagh second place, and Sophia Parrish fifth place. In the 9th/10th division, Kelly Alspaw won second place and Tess Williams third place. Belles named as a semi-finalist were Claire McCoy, Claire Berutti, Sarah Scheffler, Catherine Brannon, Bella Cox, Ashley Greene, Erica Bradford, Erica Darrah, Bethany Sauls, Molly McKinnon and Kathryn Larkin.
In the large ensemble division, the following Belles entered a high-kick routine and won first place. The group included Haylee Spriggs, Elizabeth Meyer, Kristen Gentry, Emma Joy, Natalie Seitz, Morgan Kay, Riley Anderson, Taylor Thibodeau, Allison Kinnamore, Rachel Broadway, Madisyn Daniel, Ashleigh Christmann, Catherine Brannon, Meghan McCoy, Bethany Sauls, Ashley Greene, Kelly Alspaw and Molly Mckinnon. In the duet category, Peyton Faltys and Claire Berutti won first place overall.
The Belles are under the direction of Melissa Page and assisted by Kathryn Dobrow. Click here to view the full results from the competition.