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Dance recitals are this weekend at AHS; Bridget’s Dance to perform on Sunday

Bridget’s Dance Conservatory of Austin has competed in several regional dance competitions in the metro area over the last three months.

All of these award-winning routines will be performed at the conservatory’s recital at 6 p.m. Sunday at Austin High School’s Knowlton Auditorium.

Owner Bridget Halvorson said the season has been a great one for the Conservatory.

“It has been such a great season it really couldn’t have gone any better,” Halvorson said. “I am so proud of the progress my students have made. The community of Austin has so much to be proud of; having such talented dancers and top caliber training available to them.”

The first competition was the Masquerade Dance Competition in Burnsville, Minn. The Elite Company received two platinum awards and was a encore performance nominee. The Senior Company received two gold and one high gold awards. The Junior Company received three high gold awards. Petite Company received a high gold award.

The second competition of the year was Hall of Fame Dance Challenge held in St. Paul, which is the largest dance competition in Minnesota. The Petite company earned a high gold award and judges choice for energy. The Junior company earned three high gold awards and judges choice for showmanship. The senior company earned three high gold awards and judges choice for costume and the Elite Company earned two platinum awards and judges choice for intensity.

The Petite Company includes: top row: Jenna Hetzel, Madison Branchaud and Andrieta Jimenez-Silva; bottom- Monika Gutierrez, Gabriella Wang, and Evelyn Ravenhorst. Photo Provided

The third competition of the year was the Eclipse Dance Competition, which was held in Brooklyn Park. The Junior Company Tap won a platinum award and first place overall grand champions, the junior company jazz and lyrical took home two high gold awards, the petite company won a high gold award and the senior company jazz and lyrical won two high gold awards. The senior company tap won a platinum award and fourth place overall. The Elite company won a high gold for jazz and for lyrical the won platinum and first place overall grand champions.

The Junior Company includes: back row (left to right):Kira Halvorson, Jenna Hetzel, Molly Hansen, instructor; Bridget Halvorson, Mary Eich, Rachael Riley and Rachel Toland; front row:
Rachel Danielson, Carly Nelson, Emily Hansen and Kylie Nienow. Not pictured: Xinyu Wang. Photo Provided

A jazz trio and duet performed by Chloe Jenkins, Rachel Toland, and Mary Eich received one high gold and one gold award. The jazz trio performed by Molly Hansen, Emily Hansen, and Carly Nelson received a one gold and two high gold awards. A jazz duet performed by Salma Masood and Kylie Poshusta earned three high gold awards.

Jenna Hetzel’s tap solo earned two platinum and one high gold award and all star award, Rachel Danielson’s tap solo earned three high gold awards and all star award, Kylie Nienow’s jazz solo earned a gold award, and Kira Halvorson’s jazz solo earned two high gold and one gold award and judges choice energy award. Mary Eich’s jazz solo earned a high gold award, Taylor Johnson’s jazz solo earned one high gold and two gold awards, Bianca Angell’s jazz solo earned two high gold and one gold award and Rachael Riley tap solo earned two high gold and one gold award and judges choice for tap sounds.

The Senior Company includes: top row: Madison Hasley, Emily Eich, Madison Klein, Emily Toland, Salma Masood, middle- Kylie Poshusta, Carma Sheehan, Alex Jovaag and Bianca Angell; bottom row: Payton Leibeg, Taylor Johnson, Ava Jovaag, and Paige Leibeg. Not pictured Victoria Ryg. Photo Provided

Salma Masood’s lyrical solo earned one high gold and two platinum awards, 10th place overall for teen intermediate division, and all-star award. Paige Leibeg’s lyrical solo earned one high gold, one platinum, one platinum elite, and first place overall grand champion for teen intermediate division.

Emily Toland lyrical’s solo earned three high gold awards, Chase Peterson’s contemporary solo’s earned 16 platinum awards, and the title of Mr. Applause, Mr. Masquerade, and won first place overall three times for teen advanced division. Victoria Ryg’s lyrical solo earned one high gold and one gold award, Berghyn Hull’s lyrical solo earned platinum elite and second place overall for senior novice division, Alex Jovaag’s jazz solo earned two gold and one high gold award.

Madison Hasley’s musical theater solo earned two high gold awards and 16th place overall for senior intermediate division, Kylie Poshusta’s jazz solo earned two high gold and one gold award and an all star award, Carma Sheehan’s lyrical solo earned three high gold awards and 10th place overall for senior intermediate division, and judge’s choice for story telling.

Madison Klein’s contemporary and lyrical solo’s earned 10 platinum awards, sixth and third and second place overall for senior intermediate division, all star award, and judges choice for costume.