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Erin's Danceworks shines at regional competition in Tampa

Last month, the Erin's Danceworks 2009 Competition Team, led by coaches Kelli Gill and Erin Messaris, made a split appearance. This was their first time on the competitive stage this season.

Some of the dancers attended the Dance America regional competition in Tampa and were awarded four first place awards and a second, third and fourth place award. One group dance, "Listen to Your Heart", was awarded the High Scoring Small Group Award. That dance was choreographed and taught by a student teacher, 17-year-old Malia Nicolini.

Nicolini has been a student at Erin's Danceworks for more than 12 years and also received the Best Emotional Execution Award for her solo.

Another group attended that Hall of Fame regional dance competition in Lakeland. The team was awarded five Platinum awards, and four High Gold medals. The duet by Kelcey Morris and Kayla Van Ness received the fourth highest scoring duo/trio along with Best Technical Execution. Taylor Storey received the fourth-highest scoring solo, and Brooke Mooney was the sixth highest. Van Ness was also awarded Best Presentation with her solo.

Erin's Danceworks received one final award when it was named one of the Top 50 Most Competitive studios in the nation in the February edition of Dancer Magazine. The studio was ranked 26th in the nation and third in the state. The rankings were based on the national results from the last season.

PERFECT GAME: Cody Malone, 14, shot a perfect game at Spring Hill Lanes during the Youth Elite League last Saturday morning. At 14 years, nine months and three days of age, Malone is the third-youngest bowler ever to accomplish the feat in Hernando County and the youngest ever at Spring Hill Lanes. Malone shot a 221, 300 and 215 to total a 736 for the series, his first 700-series.

Coincidentally, the second-youngest competitor to toss a 300 game in the county accomplished the feat only two months earlier at Mariner Lanes. Anthony Caso, also 14, put himself behind Jason Mahr in county annals. Mahr tossed one of the first of his 40-plus perfect games at the age of 13 at Mariner in 1994.

TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Youth Bowling Tournament was held last month at Mariner Lanes and Spring Hill Lanes.

The tournament had strong individual performances from Anthony Caso, Billy Lummus, April Trezise and Stephanie Parsolano.

Trezise (726 series) and Parsolano (720) tossed their first career 700-series. Scholarships were awarded for all-event finishes in the tournament. In the All-Event Division (150 average and up), Derek Martinez came in first and won a $100 scholarship. James Wozniak came in second for $75, and Brian Mitchell won $50 for third. In the All-Event Division (149 average and below), Dakota Halley took home $100 for first, with Derek Perez and Justin Fryzel winning $62.50 each in a tie for second.

RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk on May 23 at 8 a.m.

The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk and includes a T-shirt and scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable. All proceeds will go the Arc Nature Coast, which helps serve people with disabilities and their families.

Register online by visiting and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more information, call (352) 544-2322 x 109 or e-mail or visit

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Erin's Danceworks shines at regional competition in Tampa 03/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 5, 2009 5:05pm]
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