Western Mass Performs
2017 Oriana Siphanoum
The first prize Winner: Oriana Siphanoum, a high school senior and resident of Springfield, with a contemporary dance presentation entitled “Body Love”, which was choreographed by Jennifer Dubilo of Artistic Dance Conservatory in East Longmeadow where Oriana is a student. The routine was a stunning balance of passion and elegance, as moving as it was polished.
2014, 2015 Christina Colon
The first prize winner for two years: Christina Colon of Wilbraham, a 16 year old who is clearly on the cusp of an exciting professional career. Her rich and powerful voice, coupled with her own piano accompaniment, could have filled the large auditorium without amplification, had she chosen to. In 2015 she gave a wonderful rendition of “It’s a Man’s World” by James Brown.
2013 Olivia Beaudette
The first prize winner: Olivia Beaudette, a baton twirling champion from Ware Massachusetts, performed a dance routine which could have stood on its own, all the while doing a continuous display of baton artistry. She had the audience breaking into applause throughout her utterly stunning performance. After amazing the audience with a single baton, she descended to the area in front of the stage to outdo herself with two and then three batons. The crowd was delirious.