Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ottawa-area dancers heading to Sugar Bowl spotlight

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 9/27/2013

It was difficult to tell who was more excited — the dancers or the dads who were getting the opportunity to attend a Bowl Championship Series football game, Mallory Melvin, Spotlight Dance Academy director, said.

The dancers, along with their parents, were ecstatic, she said, when they learned eight advanced dancers from the dance center would be performing during halftime of the 80th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

It was difficult to tell who was more excited — the dancers or the dads who were getting the opportunity to attend a Bowl Championship Series football game, Mallory Melvin, Spotlight Dance Academy director, said.

The dancers, along with their parents, were ecstatic, she said, when they learned eight advanced dancers from the dance center would be performing during halftime of the 80th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

“About a month and a half ago, a representative from the halftime committee called and invited us down to perform,” Melvin, who is in her fourth year as director, said. “We’ve definitely had a lot of success in dance competition, but this will be the biggest stage we’ve ever done.”

The eight dancers selected include Claire Crowley, Madi Crowley, Chloe Maxwell, Page Peoples, Ashley McCullough and Kaitlin Schulv, all from Ottawa, as well as Alivia Sharp, Gardner, and Kate Masterson, Stanley. They plan to perform a jazz cheer routine with other advanced dancers chosen from across the nation. Combined, the entire routine will feature 1,000 total dancers, Melvin said, and will be choreographed by Tyce Diorio, choreographer and guest judge on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and Bonnie Story, choreographer for the “High School Musical” trilogy.

“The elite from across the country will come together and learn a piece,” Melvin said. “I think with this it is strictly jazz.”

The girls now attend dances classes at Spotlight Dance Academy, 1519 S. Main St., Ottawa, three to four days a week, Melvin said. The practice will be put to good use when the girls take the stage in front of around 80,000 fans in January, she said.

“This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Melvin said.

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