Dancers going to ‘Jump’

LIHUE — Sydney Pelton, dance instructor for the Aloha Dance Studio, was busy adding bling to one of the costumes Monday.

“This catches the light,” Pelton said while the group gathered for its afternoon session. “It gives it more reflections while the dancer is performing.”

Tiffany Dick, owner of Aloha Dance Studio, said 28 of its students will be traveling to the Jump National Workshop and Competition on Oahu this weekend at the Hawaii Convention Center.

“This is the fifth year we’re taking the kids,” Dick said. “The girls get to take in amazing workshop classes in ballet, tap, jazz, Hip Hop, and contemporary dance from some of the top dance teachers in the country.”

Aloha Dance Studio will also be competing with six solo performances on Friday. Solo dance competitors include Malia Ebueng, Anabelle Adversario, Kylee Viernes-Toyama, Isabel Gampon, Callie Racelo, and Gabby Mahoney.

Saturday will have the Aloha Dance Studio competing in nine group events in the areas of contemporary, jazz, and tap dance.

Traveling members of the Mini Company include Annabelle Adversario, Asia Balbin, Malia Ebueng, Aaliyah Nero, Janessa Parallag, Jaysha Silva, Emma Terheggen-Hayes, and Erin Teves.

Junior Company members include Ayzia Aceret-Coloma, Madison Allado-Racca, Mikayla Jane Alonzo, Khiani Garcia, Kate Nakamura, Lorin Probasco, and Keisha Suga.

Senior Company members include Alexis Cacabelos, Isabel Gampon, Gabby Mahoney, Helena Medeiros, Jacie Ogata, Callie Racelo, Alyssa Silva, Leanna Thesken, Kylee Viernes-Toyama, Jenny Villanueva, Jayda Wakilina, Eva Wilson, and Aleah Yano.

Dick said traveling to the Jump event enhances the girls for the studio recital which will feature 120 students performing “Just Dance,” a celebration of 15 years for Aloha Dance Studio.

The spring recital which closes the January to June class sessions will take place June 4 at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

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