Bringing home the gold
Legacy Dance Company coaches and their Elite program dancers recently brought home a plethora of first and second placements in the majority of the divisions in which they competed.
The dance team and their coaches went to a national competition in Utah in May to compete in a total of 21 routines. The team came home with many trophies, including 18 first-place finishes, three second-place finishes, two girls who made the Junior All-American Team, and two girls who made the All-American Team. In addition, there were five first-place High Gold standings.
These dancers train extra hours, attend summer camps and master classes, compete statewide and as of this year, compete nationwide. Dancers in the Elite program attend their Elite rehearsals, a ballet class, and a technique class weekly. Most Elite dancers take more than the minimum required classes. Legacy Dance Company also offers opportunities for solos, duets and trios based on attendance, commitment, attitude and work ethic.
The Elite program has dancers from age 6 in the mini team, and up to age 15 in the senior team. These dancers audition in the spring for the following season. The girls begin fundraising throughout the summer and begin training and learning their routines in August. The teams train all year, with little off-season time.
They normally compete mostly in Oregon, except for the past year, due to COVID.
"They did a couple of virtual competitions, and then we took them to Idaho twice, and we took them to Vancouver, Washington. Their nationals were at Farmington, Utah, at Lagoon Amusement Park," explained co-director and owner, Amanda Heine.
She is also an assistant coach and went with the team to competitions. Ciera Hensley is the head coach and co-director with Heine. The other assistant coach is Kelli Rudy. The administration staff includes Megan Foster.
There are three teams, which consist of a mini team, a youth team and a senior team. All three groups competed in the national competition. They first must compete in a regional competition, which was in Nampa, Idaho, in February.
Each of the three teams has two competitive routines, with the remaining routines being solos and duets.
"The majority of our teams and our solos and duets placed first or second in their division," said Heine of the team placements at nationals.
She added that there were also four students who had made the All-American teams. There is an All-American Team and also a Junior All-American Team. There were two students who made each of the former. Tayden Shores and Adisynne Hensley made the All-American Team, and Rylee Bates and Hannah Crockett made Junior All-American team.
"Those kids are selected from all of the kids who are competing, and they have to be within the top two highest scoring routines of their whole age division," added Heine.
The standings for Novice Elementary Duets included Tyla Tucker and Madi Bell, who placed first, and Kayleigh Rhode and Capri Matthew, who also placed first. Jewell Herrin and Annie Edwards placed first place in Novice Junior Duet, and Mady Kimball and Morgan Shaw placed second in Novice Junior Duet.
Ryle Gibson and Paislee Peebles placed first place in Advanced Junior Duet. Jacen Cartlidge and Adi Hensley placed First Place High Gold in Advanced Mini Duet, and Rylee Bates and Hannah Crocker placed First Place High Gold in Intermediate Junior Duet.
For solo placements, Adi Hensley placed First Place High Gold in Advanced Mini Solo and also was selected in the All-American Team. Tayden Shores placed First Place High Gold in Advanced Junior Solo for Hip Hop and Jazz. She also placed second place overall for Advanced Solo and was selected for All-American Team. Annie Edwards placed second in Novice Junior Solo. Mckyah Johns placed first place in Advanced Junior Solo. Rylee Bates placed first place in Intermediate Junior Solo, and Lyllian Barnes placed first in Beginning Junior Solo.
Team placements included LDC Mini Elite placing first in their performance of "Little Wonders" and placing second in their performance of "Like the Zombies Do." LDC Youth Elite placed first in their performance of "Look Up Child" and also placed first in "Suit and Tie." The Senior Elite placed First High Gold with "Come Together" and "Welcome Home."
Legacy Dance Company was founded by Amanda Heine and Ciera Hensley, who both have a passion for teaching dance, with the desire to create a positive environment for their dancers where they can shine and learn to love the art of dancing.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.