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  • Colgan chooses its Best Dance Crew

  • A three-year winning streak was ended Saturday night at St. Mary’s Colgan’s Best Dance Crew, held in the SMC Fieldhouse.



    This was the fourth Dance Crew, an event that honors SMC alumni and raises funds for youth activities. Contestants are judged on dance, costume, a cheer and a poster they must create.

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  • A three-year winning streak was ended Saturday night at St. Mary’s Colgan’s Best Dance Crew, held in the SMC Fieldhouse.
    This was the fourth Dance Crew, an event that honors SMC alumni and raises funds for youth activities. Contestants are judged on dance, costume, a cheer and a poster they must create.
    For the first three events, a group of teachers danced their way to victory. This year they lost to That Man Is You, a Catholic men’s organization.
    “We were hopeful we’d win a fourth time, but it was a whole lot of fun and we’re happy to do it for the kids of the parish,” said Kristen O’Brien, who has danced in the teachers group all three years. “We will be back in 2014.”
    That Man Is You, which has also competed all three years, featured some slick moves.
    “We had a choreographer, Randi Piccini, work with us this year, and I think that made a difference,” said member Buddy Gorentz.
    The funky costuming was probably also a plus. Gorentz was dressed as Wonder Woman.
    “I had to make this outfit,” he said. “I went to Broadway Productions and asked what was the biggest size they had in a Wonder Woman costume, and the man said it was size 10.”
    Going out in front of hundreds of fellow parishioners, not to mention four priests,  in blue shorts and a red bra, may not be the easiest thing to do.
    “Courage is what you need to do what we do,” Gorentz said. “We love to make people laugh and we’re raising money for the kids. Every year we get more guys involved with this and we have more fun.”
    A student group, the Revengers, placed second, and Team Squirrely and the Colorful  Clergy presented well-received routines.
    Receiving special praise were Caryn and the Chicks, 22 mothers with a strong anti-bullying message.
    “You had fun, and you had a message that everyone in this room and everyone in this country needs to hear,” said judge Kaye Lynne Webb.
    Other judges were Joe Hart and Grace Miller.
    The evening started with a special performance by the  preschoolers, with Lindsay Collar singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
    Rachel Farmer, Katelyn Flood and Mary Farmer also spoke about their gratitude for parish support for the schools and youth activities.
    “Thank  you for your prayers,” Flood said. “We all need prayer, trust me that we do.”
    Pat Cedeño served as emcee, and Fr. Chad Arnold, Our Lady of Lourdes president of schools, also spoke and said that the parish is in the process of growing its alumni association.
    “We are very proud of our alumni, very proud when we hear from universities and later jobs about how well prepared they are,” he said. “They go out, and then they come back and make our schools possible. We are blessed in our past, our present and our future.”
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