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Six trophies won by Island Dance Competition Team

Jess Barker, Heather Plumberg, Zane Vanderwood, Graham Vanderwood, Eva Sherlock and Elijah Fergusson of the Island Dance Competition Team came home winners from this year’s Rainbow Connection Dance Competition. - Noel Nic Fergusson photo
Jess Barker, Heather Plumberg, Zane Vanderwood, Graham Vanderwood, Eva Sherlock and Elijah Fergusson of the Island Dance Competition Team came home winners from this year’s Rainbow Connection Dance Competition.
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The Island Dance Competition Team brought home six trophies from this year’s Rainbow Connection Dance Competition.

This year’s edition of the Rainbow Connection Dance Competition — titled “The Nature of Dance” — was held at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien the weekend of Jan. 15 to 17.

Grace Colby and Campbelle Antich started the dancing action with the first number of the day at 8 a.m. Saturday, a hip-hop duo in the petite division for dancers 8 and younger, called “The Spotlight,” choreographed by Graham Vanderwood.

The girls took home two trophies for Island Dance: a High Gold for the performance and a fifth place for overall high points.

In the junior division, for ages 11 and younger, dancers Sylvia Hurlburt, Cassie Neil, Melissa Smith and Grace and Abby Rookstool tapped their way to another High Gold trophy for the number “Us,” also choreographed by Vanderwood.

Tap duo Cassie Neil and Sylvia Hurlburt, also in the junior division, danced “Feel Good Inc.,” choreographed by Vanderwood, and won a High Gold trophy.

The Teen category found hip-hop duo Zane Vanderwood and Jess Barker upping the ante, winning a Platinum trophy for “Dance 101,” choreographed by Graham Vanderwood.

Then on Sunday in the senior division, ages 15 and older, the group known as “Solid” with Jess Barker, ElijahFergusson, Heather Plumberg, Eva Sherlock, and both Graham and Zane Vanderwood, maintained the high marks and won another Platinum trophy for the hip-hop routine “Ratatat,” also choreographed by Graham Vanderwood.

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