Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Features

Woodinville dancers score at nationals

Turning Pointe dancers

Turning Pointe dancers (left to right) Nicki Loud, Lauren Last, Julie Pesgue, Jessie Adam, Michelle Chase, Ashley Velatequi, Maggie Ryan, Holly Mantooth, and Kerry Taylor received high marks at a national competition.

   WOODINVILLE--The Turning Pointe Dance Centre (TPDC), a local dance company of 13- to 18-year-old girls headed by teacher-choreographer Tricia Mitchell, took a first place and several other high finishes at the Company Dance National Championships in Orlando, Florida last summer.

   The event was sponsored by pop singer Paula Abdul, who attended and met all the girls. The competition will air on ESPN2, Sunday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m.

   After 135 routines in the preliminaries, TPDC had eight chosen among 36 finalists, more than any other team. Those included two solos, one duo, three dances in the medium division (4-8 dancers), and two large routines (nine girls).

   The company's medium team took first place to the song "Joleen." The medium team also took third and fourth place with other dances. In the "small" division (solos and duos), TPDC took second, fourth, and sixth place finishes. In the large division, the company took third and sixth places.

   All TPDC dances were choreographed by Mitchell, except the fourth-place medium division routine, done by Kirsten Cooper, who also teaches at TPDC.