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Island dance team brings home trophies

Maddie Cole, Claire Branely, Sydney Dalessi, Oksana Sherbina and Sarah Dalessi were among many dancers from Bainbridge Ballet to take home awards from the Tacoma competition this month. - Photo courtesy of Amy Collis
Maddie Cole, Claire Branely, Sydney Dalessi, Oksana Sherbina and Sarah Dalessi were among many dancers from Bainbridge Ballet to take home awards from the Tacoma competition this month.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Amy Collis

The Bainbridge Ballet’s dance team recently competed in the Showstopper Dance Competition in Tacoma on May 17-19, and the island dancers came away with their arms full of trophies.

The dance team performed in a variety of styles, including classical ballet and musical theatre.

Local dancers returned with a collection of awards, including: Oksana Sherbina won second place for contemporary solo and fourth place overall for her advance senior solo; Sarah Dalessi won first place in musical theatre solo and 10th overall for advanced senior solo; Sydney Dalessi won first place in pointe solo and second overall in advanced teen solo; and Josie Hill won first place in musical theatre solo and second overall for performing junior solo.

Dancers also claimed a few prizes when they teamed up for performances, including: Megan Sellman with Sara and Sydney Dalessi who won first place for musical theatre trio and fifth overall in advanced teen trio; Mia Cretarolo, Dana Craighead and Sydney Dalessi placed third in hip hop trio; Maddie Cole, Claire Branley, Sherbina with Sydney and Sara Dalessi won first place in ballet and sixth place in overall advanced teen small group.

Kate Houmes, Cretarolo, Craighead and Hill placed first in lyrical small group and third overall for performing small group; Sydney and Sarah Dalessi with Sellman and Houmes won first place in tap small group; Anneka Claudio, Branely, Cole, Sherbina, Sellman, Houmes and Sydney and Sara Dalessi placed first in jazz small group and fifth overall for advanced teen small group; and Branley, Cole and Sherbina won first place for contemporary trio and second place for overall senior trio.

The dance team isn’t slowing down either. Tryouts for the next season are scheduled for June 1.

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