Charlene's School of Dance earns 12 awards in Chicago challenge

Students from Charlene's School of Dance in Spring Hill recently attended the International Dance Challenge in Chicago and were among the most successful academies in the nation, walking away with 12 awards.

Headed by instructor Charlene Harris, the school won Junior Ultimate Challenge Champion honors for its performance of Bailando Caliente. The team also took first runnerup for its performance of Like, Totally '80s.

P.J. DiGaetano was named Junior Male Solo Challenge Champion for his dance All I Need is the Girl. The school also was named Senior Small Group Challenge Champion for Over the Rainbow.

Other first-place honors included Junior Production Challenge Champion (Bailando Caliente), Senior Production Challenge Champion (Mortal Kombat) and Junior Entertainment Challenge Champion (Like, Totally '80s).

Madison Harris was the second runnerup in the Senior Female Solo Challenge division for her performance of Run to You.

Sarah Lewandowski of Erin's Danceworks, also of Spring Hill, was third runnerup in the Senior Female Solo Challenge division. Her dance was Don't Rain on My Parade. The Erin's Danceworks competition team is taught by Erin Messaris and Kelli Gill.

Charlene's won second runnerup in the Senior Duo-Trio Challenge division with a dance to Two of a Kind.

In the large group divisions, Charlene's took second runnerup for Blessed Assurance on the junior side and first runnerup for Little Bird on the senior side. The Junior and Senior Line Challenge divisions saw the school walk away with two more second runnerup trophies.

PBA SPRING HILL OPEN: Pro bowlers are returning to Spring Hill Lanes this weekend for the 23rd annual Spring Hill Open.

A stop on the Professional Bowlers Association Southern Region Tour, the tournament is the only regular professional event in Hernando County.

In years past, it has featured some of the best bowlers in the sport, including Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Couch and Patrick Allen.

Friday, local bowlers can compete alongside the pros in the nine-pin No-Tap Pro-Am.

For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (age 55 or older) or $30 for all others, amateurs can bowl on the same lanes with three professionals. Winners will receive trophies, scholarships or cash prizes.

Starting Saturday, about 125 of the tour's best bowlers will battle for the championship. The finals should start about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Last season, St. Petersburg native and Tallahassee resident Richard Langton won the tournament for the first time, and he is expected to return to defend his crown.

For information, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Softball Club for Seniors League recruiting members for the season that starts in September.

The league is open to players 55 and older. Games are played Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

For information, call Tony Passanesi at (352) 686-6812.

MORE SENIOR SOFTBALL: The Senior Softball Invitational League will start its season in September and needs new players.

The league meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

The fee is $60 for approximately 40 games, and a player must be 50 or older.

For information, call Sal Ficarra at (352) 688-1605.

ACE PERFORMANCE TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is hosting two events this summer.

QuickStart Drills will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The cost is $10 per class. There will be drills and games designed for beginning players, using USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. Participants will learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Ladies Night Out will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park. The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a social setting.

Call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit­ louisedowney.usptapro.com.

BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS: The Brooksville Bulldogs is recruiting players for the coming baseball season, which runs from September through February.

The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in the Central Florida area. The two age divisions are 13-and-under and 14-and-under.

Call Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 for information or send an e-mail to bruce67price@hotmail.com.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its annual baseball/softball umpires clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Aug. 21 and 28.

The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day, with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to clinics@hernandosumterumpire.com.

ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is playing host to an adult basketball league at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, beginning Aug. 23.

The league is open to participants 18 and older. Games will take place at 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. The registration deadline is Aug. 12, and players will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $400 per team, with an eight-player minimum.

Call (352) 540-3835.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Charlene's School of Dance earns 12 awards in Chicago challenge 07/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 8:48pm]

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