Garner Cleveland Record

Garner dancers tap, clog their way to wins

The Center Stage dancing team took home multiple honors at the Star Systems Dance Competition in Raleigh. Shown are, from left: front row - Instructor Wren Peele, Anna Sago, Lauren Sago, Kolina Simpson, Carey Barnette, Kati Griffin and Instructor Meredith Etheridge; and back row - Vanessa Anderson, Benji Martin, Chala Perry, Khi Simpson, Kati Wrenn and Rachel Petherbridge.
The Center Stage dancing team took home multiple honors at the Star Systems Dance Competition in Raleigh. Shown are, from left: front row - Instructor Wren Peele, Anna Sago, Lauren Sago, Kolina Simpson, Carey Barnette, Kati Griffin and Instructor Meredith Etheridge; and back row - Vanessa Anderson, Benji Martin, Chala Perry, Khi Simpson, Kati Wrenn and Rachel Petherbridge. CENTER STAGE

The Center Stage School of Performing Arts’ dance teams attended the Star Systems Dance Competition in Raleigh, April 26-28. All four senior and teen soloists placed in the top 10 lineups (Rachel Petherbridge, first overall senior, Kati Wrenn, third overall senior, Lauren Sago, fifth overall senior and Carey Barnette, second overall teen and highest studio solo score). Carey and Rachel also won the teen lyrical duet/trio division, and placed first overall for teen duets. Isabella White placed first overall in junior tap and ninth overall for all juniors. Junior tap trio Hannah Poplin, Gretchen Sargent and McKenzie Penny placed first overall in their category and second overall for junior duets.

The mini clogging team placed second in their category, and the junior clogging and tap teams both won first place in their categories, and first and fifth in the overalls. The senior clogging, tap, and contemporary teams also won first place in their categories and place first, third and fourth in the overalls. With all of the top level placements, Center Stage School of Performing Arts was awarded the Best Studio Award for the Shooting Star division of the competition, a high honor recognizing the overall performance and technical qualities of the studio dancers of all ages.

Center Stage of Performing Arts has locations in Garner and Fuquay-Varina.

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