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May 12, 2013

Heartbeat Studio concludes season with princess theme

DUNCAN — Four seniors are among the 57 dancers with Heartbeat Dance Studio from throughout Stephens County who participated in their annual recital Sunday.

Jenifer Jones, Jerica Gregston, Alison McMurran and Reagan Mitro performed their final time with the studio, for the princess theme. This was the 28th annual dance showcase for the studio.

The theme this year was based on being a princess, with the finale song, “A Dream is a Wish.” Several Disney tunes were performed in the three hour event.

“We are celebrating our fantastic dance year of performances, parades, and competitions, as well as months of class technique,” said Stephanie Gregston, owner of the dance studio.

Dancers, ages 6-19 are: Averie Grace Brooksher, Bryson Brooksher, Ansley Devoe, Carsyn Etheridge, Addie Herring, Raygan Krey, Emaree Rosado, Allie Schreckengost, Julia Wilson, Ava Curry, Kaylee Foster, Alexis Giles, JJ Gregston, Dilan Grovenburg, Anna Lawrence, Maelyn Marks, Ava Mitro,

Gracelynn Nickell, Anna Grace Roberson, Jentry Seeberger, Emma Wilkerson, Caylie Boydston, Kaelen Estep, Madison Hekia, Jessica Morales, Nikki Morgan, Madison Woods, Gentry Cox, Kelsi Evans, Lynlee Graham, Madi Hallford, Emma Herring, Declan Hurst, Anna Kate McMurran, Quinny Mikel, Bella Sanchez, Jillian White, Kara Whitt, Katy Whitt, Avery Wilson, Brooklyn Bostick, Mayci Hlavaty, Jayden Merchant, Kara Nichols, Lily Smith, Katelyn White, Albany Ashton, Sydney Ashton, Heather Bailey, Mayci Cantwell, Allison Curry, Kaylee Percival, Natalie Robinson, Caroline Sullivan, Darien Vassella, Addie Watkins, Kendall Woods.

Senior Company dancers are Kennedy Churchman, Jerica Gregston, Averie Hicks, Lane Holtmyer, Jenifer Jones, Trinity Knutson, Jocie Lawrence, Madeleine McElroy, Alison McMurran, Reagan Mitro, Lauren Wilmes.

Heartbeat Dancers include: Kaydi Allen, Sadie Allie, Shay Anderson, Vianca Andrade, McKenna Attaway, McKenna Austin, Alexis Baker, Ashley Barnes, Haylee Bergin, Chloe Brasher, Bayle Bucceri, Cayman Bucceri, Alexis Bumpas, Riley Byford, Sydney Callahan, Allyson Canfield, Jena Claire Channel, Alyhia Chestnut, Alexsis Cooper, Raelyn Crow,  Zoie Crowson, Abby Davis, Presdon Davis, Malinda Dougherty, Addyson Downey, Kylie Dysart, Addyson Easley, Stephanie Elser, Jillian Evans, Allie Foster, Kaylee Foster, Carolina Fuller, Dasia Gay, Audrey Goodson, Emma Gore, Halle Gore, Kenleigh Graham, Kayden Grovenburg, Summerlee Grubbs, Emercyn Gunsalus, Emily Hallford, Morgan Hampton, Hannah Harper, Ariyah Harris, Alyssa Harvey, Mattie Ann Hlavaty, Averie Holley, Alleson Howard, Bailee Howard, Jada Hurst, Piper Hurst, Lexi Jay, Hunter Johnson, Kylee Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Katlyn Jones, Ashlee Kinnard, Samantha Lagaly, Hannah Lamons, Alexi Linden, Jalyssa Lopez, Emme Marks, Haley McKinley, Jenna McKinley, Ava Miller, Jasmine Morales, Jayleen Morales, Brooklin Morrow, Ryli Murray, Helen Newman, Gracee Ottinger, Kaylin Payne, Keeley Peacock, Jaylee Phillips, Abby Pollock, Sally Pollock, Bella Porter, Charlee Presgrove, Olivia Rachwal, Mary Redhead, Addison Richards, Kennedi Riddles, Evan Roberts, Chanlie Rochell, Kendie Rochell, Kynlei Sanner, Brenlee Scifres, Anastasia Scott, Kaylee Shepard, Lauren Sorrell, Makenzie Sorrell, Maliyah Sevenson-Weimer, Laura Jo Stewart, Abigail Taylor, Landry Taylor, Madison VanBuskirk, Alyssa Wiles, Hannah Woods, Chelsi Wright, Kynlee Wright.

Heartbeat Dancing Dads include: Jeff Gregston, Daniel Bailey, Cody Sorrell, Jerry Goodson, Brent Bostick, Casey Pollock, Jay Todd Merchant, Brad Wiles, Steve Rachwal, Kent Sullivan, Paul Nichols, Lynn Hlavaty, Joe Hicks, James Curry, Kyle Lawrence, Chris Bucceri, Jeff Holtmyer, Dustin Smith, Joseph Mitro, Chet Dysart, Monrel Chestnut, Josh Hurst, Tim Fuller, Doug Channel, Robbie Harvey, G.T. Austin, Scotty Scifres, Clayton Easley, Dennis Rosado, Brandon Payne, Kendal Rochell, Matt Gore, Kenneth Winstead, JP Peacock, Justin Evans, Ron Herring, Don Presswood, Frank Van Buskirk, Jason Crow, Kris Schreckengost, Kyle Devoe, Ruben Alexander, Chris Gore, Blaine Searcy, Tadd Crowson, Dustin Cox, Jay White, Matt Roberson, Scott McMurran, Chad Akers, Michael Allie, Jeff Wilson, Chris Graham, Brian Woods, Dixon Harper, Casey Estep,

Adam Marks, Ricky Nickell, Michael Howard, Joseph Mitro, Daniel Anderson, Jack Gregston, Doug Krey, Danny Giles, Brian Hekia, Steve Hallford, Dennis Rosado, Tommy Sanchez, Dusty Presgrove, Brian Attaway, John Graham, Aaron Linden, Glenn Knutson, Lynn Hlavaty, Randall Wright, Kent Sullivan, Coby Brooksher, Mike Hurst, Aaron Page, Brandon Sanner, Jeff Holtmyer, Mike Holtmyer, Mike Ottinger, Jayson Barnes, Eddie Winstead, George Austin, Fred Richards, Brian Murray, Jason Crow, Josh Bumpas, Jeff Callahan, Jeff Jones, John Graham.

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