VIREO's Stageteam travelled to Seattle, Washington this past weekend to compete 10 numbers at Dupree Dance Competition and Convention, and take class with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers.
Solo competition began on Friday, February 26. Junior soloist Merren deBellefeuille won a Gold award for her lyrical solo, followed by Teen soloists Kierra Carpenter with a Gold for her jazz solo, Taylor Randall with a Gold for her lyrical solo, Claire Everson with a Gold for her contemporary solo, and Chai Sullivan with a Platinum award, judges choice award, and 1st OVERALL placement for her musical theatre/song and dance solo portraying the character "Roxie Hart" from the musical Chicago. A HUGE congratulations to Chai for her placements and to all of the soloists for their awards and hard work.
Saturday began with convention classes from early in the morning until early afternoon when group competition commenced. The team received Platinum awards for their lyrical and tap, and Gold for their jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. Note to God, their lyrical piece, placed 3RD OVERALL and Sweat, their jazz, placed 5TH OVERALL. Pretty Face, their contemporary, received a special judges choice award as well. Wow! Congrats, dancers!!!
Sunday kicked off with more convention classes, as well as the audition class, where dancers have the opportunity to audition for scholarships. Two VIREO dancers, Kierra Carpenter and Claire Brown, were named as finalists for scholarships with 15-20 others out of nearly one hundred dancers. What an incredible honour! We are so proud of you girls!!!
Dupree was an amazing, successful and rewarding weekend. Looking forward to the next competition in April - see you at SYNERGY!