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Ballet raises food donation for local groups

The Middlesex Dance Center presented its American Academy of Ballet Performance Award event recently. The event was open to the public and the group collected bags of food for the local food pantry and a trunk load of food and supplies for a local animal shelter through admission donations.

Simon Kaplan, husband and dance partner to Mignon Furman, founding director and creator of the AAB program, came from New York City and adjudicated the event. The program is a series of distinctive choreographic compositions over 12 levels and is taught in ten countries around the world. Each dancer performs a port de bras, allegro, and solo dance, with higher levels adding allegro and pirouette combinations. Scholarships of $1,000 each to the AAB Summer Program in New York were awarded to Laura Colonna de Lega, 9, of Middlefield and Lauren Badin, 15, of Rockfall. Two dancers, Lauren Badin and Kayleigh Crocetto, 16, of Middlefield, were awarded Gold Medals with Distinction - the highest possible rating. In addition, the group earned 12 Gold Medals, one Silver Medal with Double Distinction, six Silver Medals with Distinction, and four Silver Medals.

Presenting Grade One were Fiona Fay, Kierra Sartor, and Regan Dills. Catherine Fay, Monica Garbacz, Lauren Konefal, and Penelope Wickwire performed Grade Three. Dancing Grade Four were Laura Colonna de Lega, Bridget Higgins, Isabella Lenoce, and Samantha Mierzejewski. Grade Five was danced by Jessica Carta, Meghan Crocetto, Anja Dell’Oso, Sarah Godbout, Julianna Milidantri, and Andrea Toussaint. Presenting Grade Six was Emily Dell’Orfano, Savannah Ngo, and Alexandra Santiago. Emily Augeri, Lauren Badin, Kayla Keathley, and Elizabeth Rambhia danced Grade Seven. Kayleigh Crocetto performed Grade Eight.

(Submitted by Toni-Lynn Miles)



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