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NEIGHBORS

June 28, 1993|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

If you attend the Michael J. Fox, Disney Touchstone movie "Life With Mikey," look for two of our neighbors in the "Zippity-Do-Da" singing scene. Ten-year-old Adrienne Canterna does a belly dance, and her 8-year-old sister, Ashley Canterna, is rapping. The movie, released this month, is showing locally.

Adrienne and Ashley, daughters of Sally and John Canterna, live Linthicum with their brothers Andy and Tony Canterna. Both girls have a great love of dancing and enjoy every possible opportunity to perform or entertain. They have danced in competitions, television commercials, a movie and in the Maryland Ballet production of "The Nutcracker."

According to their mother, it all began when a little girl in their neighborhood abandoned ballet for horseback riding lessons and Adrienne, then 2 years and 9 months old, inherited the girl's ballet bag, leotards, shoes and the phone number of a dance studio in Linthicum. The rest, as they say, is history.

Ashley, then just an infant, accompanied her and her mother to Adrienne's weekly lessons. It wasn't long before Ashley wanted to take lessons, too. And she wasn't even out of diapers. Since then, they have been taking lessons in ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz.

Adrienne has been the recipient of high-score awards in the 12-and-under division at local and national dance competitions. She also received a scholarship to the Eglevsky Ballet Summer Program when she was 9. Ashley has won awards in her age division and often finishes with the second-highest score in the 12-and-under age division, right behind her sister.

The girls have had roles in a variety of shows in addition to the Disney movie. They have danced various roles in "The Nutcracker" at the Lyric Theatre since 1989, when Adrienne auditioned at the age of 6. Last year, she had the role of Clara.

Ashley has appeared as Drosselmeier's Helper and was in the party scene.

The girls have made two national television commercials and are among 24 Fanfest Kids who will be performing at the Baltimore Convention Center during All-Star week. They will be doing four shows a day July 9-13.

Despite the 15 hours or so a week the girls spend in private lessons, group classes and rehearsals, they maintain "A" averages at St. Philip Neri School, where Ashley is in second grade and Adrienne is a fifth-grader.

Adrienne says she wants to pursue a career in ballet, but Ashley hasn't made a definite decision.

Mrs. Canterna makes all of the girls' costumes, but she says their talent for entertaining wasn't inherited from her. She says she tells her daughters, "When anyone asks you where you got your talent, don't say Mom or Dad, say God."

* "This is a good school to end my career on," said Louis Thomas, principal of Ferndale Elementary School, as he prepared for his retirement. After 35 years in the county school system, seven as principal of Ferndale, Thomas will say goodbye to his students and staff Wednesday.

Thomas, born and raised in Annapolis, has spent his career working in schools in Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis areas. But he said he would especially miss Ferndale.

"This school is dear to my heart," he said. "It is a wonderful school with a very supportive community. I'm going to miss the students, parents and faculty."

The school community honored Thomas with a party last month at La Fontaine Bleu. Earlier this month, he was really taken aback when students, parents and faculty presented him with an award after a student assembly.

"It was a big shock," he said. "I was so surprised. It made me feel good, especially when the children said they wish I wasn't retiring."

* Sue Latini, member of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club, will demonstrate wreath-making using fresh herbs at the club's meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center.

The business meeting will cover final plans for the trip to Surrybrook Herb Farm July 16, as well as other club activities. Guests and prospective members are welcome.

For information, call Mary Goode at 437-4120 or Adele Walter at ** 255-1494.

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