Dancers from the Rockport Dance Conservatory participated in the Dancers Inc Regional Dance Competition held March 19 and March 20. Twenty-four RDC students competed over the weekend and were judged by level on technique, style and delivery of choreography. They competed against other studios from all over New England.

The competition kicked off March 19 with Senior Solos.  Stephanie Leclerc performed a contemporary solo to “Hard Times,” choreographed by Kari Cameron. Leclerc received a High Gold Award, placed first overall in the All Star Division and won Top of the Night with the highest scoring solo out of 89 entries. Emily Sargent performed a Musical Theatre solo to “I Enjoy Being a Girl,” choreographed by Sally Leighton, and received a Gold.

The Junior Group Competition took place on the morning of March 20. Twenty-three RDC students, ranging from elementary age through high school, performed a Production number choreographed by Kea Tesseyman. Dance numbers are classified as Production when they are over three minutes in length and have a large number of participants. RDC’s “Hip Hop Mix” Production number received a High Gold and placed first overall in the Junior Production Division. “Hip Hop Mix” placed second overall in the combined Junior and Senior Production Division. Elementary students in the number were Nick Leclerc, Conrad Crans, Marshall Merriam, Abby Nelson, Sydney Fields, Sadie Thompson, Sierra Metcalf and Maddie LaFrance. Intermediate students were Hannah Olsen, Moira Pieri, Rosie Lawson, Sara Belle Fischer, Ebby Lemar, Emma Gross, Autumn Coyle, Maddy Davis, Cailin Darling, Christine Forcillo and Caroline Albertson.  Advanced students were Taylor Watts, Sarah Drisko, Stephanie Leclerc, Shani Morris.

The afternoon session featured the Duo/Trio Competition. Sydney Fields and Emily Sargent received a High Silver for their Musical Theatre number “Trolley Song,” choreographed by Sally Leighton and Kari Cameron. Finally, Stephanie Leclerc, Shani Morris and Emily Sargent received a Gold for their Musical Theatre number “Bushel and a Peck.” They also won first place overall for a Duo/Trio in the Senior Rising Star Division.

RDC does not require students to participate in competition. Many ask on their own and class students are asked if they are interested since it does require more commitment. Rockport Dance Conservatory is only in its third year, but already has had its costumes photographed and featured in Dance Spirit Magazine; and director Kari Cameron interviewed for a section of the March issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. RDC faculty and students work hard and it shows.  As the director of Dancer’s Inc declared when the troupe walked in last year, “Here’s Maine, small but mighty!”

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