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OPAS dance teams bring skills to Seattle

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St. Helens' OPAS Dance teams returned home as winners last week following an award-winning showing at the 'Jump' dance competition in Seattle.

The competition and convention was held between March 29 and April 1. Members of the OPAS Junior Company Dance Team (pictured above left to right: Hannah Darco, Hannah Kvanduch, Lizzie Fournier, Savannah Hoffmann and Audrey Wilson) won a silver award for their contemporary jazz dance to the song 'Mercy.'

Senior Company member Heather Nunn, 16, and Darco, 10, each won silver awards for contemporary jazz solo dances.

Hoffmann, 9, was awarded a jazz dance scholarship that can be used to visit a New York City dance convention later this year.

After a decade of teaching dance to kids in St. Helens, OPAS Dance created its first teams this year, a junior and a senior company.

Auditions for the OPAS Dance teams are open and will be held Saturday, April 28.