Cedar Ridge students team up with teachers to shimmy into summer

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Social studies teacher Jeremy Wedell and eighth-grader Mayzee Dalton swing each other round and round to Big & Rich's "Fake I.D."At Cedar Ridge Middle School, it takes two to tango, and possibly also one horse to have a hoedown.

Friday, June 2, the school hosted its second Dancing with the Staff event, based on the popular reality TV show "Dancing with the Stars," where teachers are the stars and students the professionals.

Six groups performed dances of varying styles and genres for a panel of five judges, including educational assistant Kaleen Swenson, Angie Welty and Sandra Sites from Mount Hood Athletic Club, Brittany Allen from the Sandy Post, and school secretary Kris Scharfenberg.

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Teachers Josh Kanable (in the T-rex suit) and Dennis Lane make their dance debut at Cedar Ridge. Media specialist Carrie Scaife (Baby Spice) and eighth-grader Ryan Gupton (Ginger Spice) got the show started with a throwback mash-up of Spice Girls songs. Their colorful and quirky outfits garnered many laughs, but they had some tough creative competition.

Sixth-grader Maegan Wilson was accompanied by seventh and eighth grade teacher, Kaari Gardner in an electrifying robotic production set to "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake, which earned them second place. Their act took place in pitch darkness — their costumes provided light and entertainment, with glow-in-the dark glasses and lining on their pants and jackets.

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Math teacher Ryan Shanks gives some attitude to the judges during his performance of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love." Math teacher Ryan Shanks took a break from the books to don some thug-like looks for his performance of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" with seventh-graders Camille Walker and Jesse Nava. The students certainly surpassed the master with their popping moves, earning the group third place.

The team to take home the farm was eighth-grader Mayzee Dalton and social studies teacher Jeremy Wedell, who cut a rug with the help of Dalton's pony, Buckshot, to the tune of Big & Rich's "Fake I.D."

"Mayzee's a really good country dancer and she really helped a guy with two left feet dance acceptably on the floor," Wedell said after being announced as a winner. "We had a lot of fun practicing."

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Eighth-grader Mayzee Dalton and social studies teacher Jeremy Wedell accept their first place awards after Cedar Ridge Middle School's "Dancing with the Staff" competition.  "It was a very good experience," Dalton adds. "I won't forget this."

Two other groups danced to end the show.

Teachers Dennis Lane and Josh Kanable did a dino-centric dance, similar to something out of "The Nutcracker," but with Kanable in a giant Tyrannosaurus costume.

Students danced to "Footloose" in honor of late Cedar Ridge student Nash Done, who passed away earlier this year from complications with muscular dystrophy.

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