Houston dancers to display talents at showcase

awoolen@macon.comMarch 26, 2014 

PERRY -- Though they’ve only been dancing together for eight months, 10-year-olds Alyssa Calvert and Kailey Burress call each other “twinny.”

“With their outfits, they look like twins,” said Christy Burress, instructor and owner of A Step Above Dance Company.

The girls will perform their routine to “My Boyfriend’s Back” Thursday as part of the seventh annual HOCO Diamonds Dance Showcase.

Participants include the HOCO Diamonds Dance Team, Lake Joy Primary School, David Perdue Elementary School, Shirley Hills Elementary School, Warner Robins Middle School, A Step Above Dance Company and Breaking Walls Dance Company.

The showcase started in 2008 when the HOCO Diamonds Dance Team was formed, said Lindsey Gentry, math teacher at Houston County High School and HOCO Diamonds Dance Team coach.

“This is a fundraiser for our dance team, and funds will be used for end-of-the-year awards and for the banquet at the end of our season,” Gentry said in an email.

Thirty routines are scheduled for the showcase.

Alyssa and Kailey will perform solos as well as their duet.

Alyssa will dance to “All That Jazz,” and Kailey will perform to “We Are Who We Are.”

The pair was second runner-up at the Kiwanis Club talent show in February and received a high gold rank at the Star Talent Show in Athens this month for their duet.

“We have our own chance to shine,” Kailey said of the routine.

The music and choreography was picked out by Christy Burress, who said she likes picking upbeat music for the girls to dance to.

As the two practiced last week, Burress called out instructions.

“A dancer has to be well balanced,” she told them as they attempted a triple rotation turn.

Her biggest challenge is making sure the girls have the right smiles and facial expressions at the right time during the routine.

Showcases and talent shows help the dancers develop by getting critiques and letting them perform in front of live audiences as well as judges.

“They love to dance sassy,” Burress said.

The showcase will take place in the Houston County High School auditorium from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $5.

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