Girls dance their way to 24 medals


October 24, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR SEVERAL young dancers from Mount Airy, a recent trip to Los Angeles to compete at the World Champion- ships of the Performing Arts proved to be a success.

The girls returned home with 24 gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as the experience of participating in an international competition.

The girls are members of Abstract Emotion Dance Company and study at Ta Dah Dance Studio in Mount Airy under the direction of Gabrielle Schriefer, studio owner. The girls were members of the U.S. dance team that performed at the competition Oct. 8-12.

Team members from Mount Airy are: Amanda Chawla, Bethany Covello, Michelle Lambert, Danielle Lambert, Marissa McDermott and Lindsey Day. Karleigh Spicer and Whitney Whiten competed in the modeling category.

The competition featured more than 150 performances from dancers around the world. The contest was modeled after the Olympics, and provided public awareness of the performing arts, as well as a forum for performers to pursue careers and scholarships and to network.

Janet McDermott, who accompanied her daughter, was impressed by the talent at the competition.

"The international competition was outstanding, especially the performers from Russia," she said.

Marissa, who is in her fourth year of dance instruction at the studio, said she was nervous before performing. In spite of her jitters, Marissa won a gold medal for her lyrical dance performance and a silver for her ballet performance.

With only a year and a half of dance instruction and quite a bit of confidence, Amanda, 13, said she wasn't too surprised when she won a gold medal for her ballet solo.

Bethany, a second-grader at Mount Airy Elementary School, has been dancing since she was 3 1/2 years old. Bethany said the competition was "more scary" than others. Even so, she won a silver medal for her lyrical dance number and two bronze medals for modeling.

Schriefer, the studio owner, did not attend the championship.

"I teach the kids how to take control of the situation and prepare them," she said. "They have been taught well. Now they need to go on and perform."

She is delighted with how well the girls performed and is glad they had the experience of an international competition.

"I wanted them to go for the experience, to share their love of dance and represent the U.S," Schriefer said.

Local theater

Just in time for Halloween, Mount Airy Players will present "The Monkey's Paw."

This suspense-filled horror story will be performed at 7: 30 p.m. today and tomorrow, and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Firehouse Pub and Grill, 233 S. Main St.

The one-act play by W. W. Jacobs tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. White, played by Duncan Wright of Mount Airy and Susan Click of Kemptown, who come into the possession of a magical monkey's paw that grants wishes.

Problems begin when the couple make a wish for something VTC they wish they hadn't and find out they have no more wishes.

Brian Irons plays the couple's son, Herbert, Cole Zimmermann plays the part of Sergeant Major Morris, and the role of Sampson is played by Dave Gamble. Charles Beck is directing the play for the nonprofit community theater group.

As part of the holiday theme, Common Ground on the Hill's Walt Michael and Company will perform a concert of Halloween music before each performance.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Information: Beck at 301-829-3321.

Authors' tea

Mount Airy Elementary pupils in Pat McGee's fifth-grade class took a break from classwork Wednesday and participated in an authors' tea.

The students received invitations to attend the tea party to celebrate the completion of a lengthy research and writing social studies project.

The students wrote and illustrated picture books on Native Americans. The students will share their picture books with students in lower grades.

Parent volunteers Donna Diehl, Lisa Day and Vicki Stroup were instrumental in helping students assemble the books and planned the tea party.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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