Caulfield School of Dance students Katherine Cahoon, Carter Hayes, and Hailey Rekunyk competed January 6 and 7 at the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix Seattle Semi-Finals.
Special congratulations to Carter, age 13, for placing 3rd in the Junior (age 13 and 14) Men’s Contemporary competition; and to Hailey, age 16, for earning a Senior Classical (Men and Women, ages 15 to 19) Top 12 placement award for her variation in a field of 83 solos.
Carter’s contemporary solo, “Darkness Also Rises” was choreographed and coached by Cori Caulfield. Hailey’s Classical solo is a variation from “Chopiniana” coached by Cori Caulfield.
Young dancers from Canada, Japan, Australia, and eight U.S. states competed and then had masterclasses with members of the stellar panel of judges, including acclaimed former American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina, Susan Jafffe.
It was the first International competition for both Katherine and Carter. Hailey competed at the 2016 Y.A.G.P. Seattle Semifinal, but this was her first year performing a duo.
Cori Caulfield said, “It was wonderful to see Katherine, Carter, and Hailey in such strong fields of dancers. And such a thrill for Carter to be in class with 20 young male dancers! The competitors and the classes were inspiring… I loved connecting with dance educators from different parts of Canada, Australia, and the U.S.. It was a fabulous weekend.”
We are very proud of you, Katherine, Carter, and Hailey!!!