In The News: Twinkle-toed trio, all 12, take Dreamland contest

BY CARY JENKINS, Arkansas Online

LITTLE ROCK — Dance Dynamics tap danced its way into the hearts of the judges Nov. 4, winning a dance contest at the Governor’s Mansion. The second annual Dancing Into Dreamland contest and gala, held by the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, raised money to restore Taborian Hall, where such legends as B.B. King and Ray Charles once performed.

Dance Dynamics is a trio of 12-year-olds, Hailey Daniel, Payton Davis and Shelby Robertson, who won for their performance to “Sing Sing Sing” by Benny Goodman. Receiving the people’s choice award were Natalie and Chris Madison.

Judging the competition were David Miller, Michael Tidwell, Christen Burke Pitts and Joel Ruminer. Lawrence Hamilton and Renee Shapiro were masters of ceremony.

Guests, including Ginger and Gov. Mike Beebe, took to the dance floor while votes were being tabulated. Before winners were announced, last year’s people’s choice winners Lawrie Rash and Wesley Crocker danced to “I’m Just a Baby.”

Other dancers competing were Rock City Elite with Lucy Towbin, Craig Kulesa, Colleen Fuhrmann and Lev Guter; Jordan Sims and Tim Acosta; Kay Ford and Roger McCoy; Triple Play with David Carter, Melissa Napier and Dana Patterson Sims; Allison Pierce and Craig Kulesa; and Chrystopher Phillips and Rico Sergent.

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(This article was published November 13, 2011 at 3:42 a.m.)