By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — The spotlight is on for two young dancers — and best friends — from Lewisburg who will take their first turns on a national dance competition stage today and tomorrow in Hershey.
Sydney Bolinsky, 7, and Madalyn Redding, 9, were excitedly getting ready Sunday night for the Dancers Inc. National Event at the Hershey Lodge. Sydney has a solo performance today in tap dancing, and she and Madalyn pair up Tuesday for their jazz performance.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Madalyn said, “it’s also a little intimidating because it’s my first really big competition.”
“I’ve been practicing a lot,” Sydney said of getting ready for this big event, “trying to make my moves bigger and express myself.”
The girls’ road to Hershey went through Scranton, where they made it through the Dancers Inc. regional competition in April. They’ve been dancing together for about two years, paired by their instructor Christine Rozolis, who owns Downtown Dance in Lewisburg.
“They work really well as a team,” Rozolis said of Sydney and Madalyn, who began competing last year. Rozolis noted the girls’ similar strength in skill and quick learning ability.
“And their personalities just work,” she said. “They have a sense of humor. It’s very exciting, and I’m real proud of them.”
It helps that the girls are best friends, Madalyn said, “that’s sort of what helps us be good dancers together.”
When they dance together, Sydney and Madalyn will do a jazz performance to “Sparkling Diamonds,” an assortment of covers of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” complete with sparkling jewels on red outfits. Sydney’s solo tap routine will be to “Brown Eyed Girl.”
“I like that you can do all kinds of tricks and learn more stuff,” Sydney said of tap dancing. “It’s very fun to do, and you can hear the tap sounds.”
“I just go with the music,” Madalyn said of her technique. “When I hear the music, it is something that comes naturally.”
Regardless of the outcome, making the national competition is a big steppingstone for the girls into competitive dancing, Rozolis said.
“I imagine they will go for titles next year,” she said, which would class judging, interviews and essay about what they would like to present in competition.
For now, they just need to get through Hershey. So do their mothers.
“I’m very excited, but a little bit nervous since this is her first big competition,” said Madalyn’s mother Erin Redding. “I’m sure she’ll just have fun with it.”
Sydney’s mother Dannielle Bolinsky felt the same way, though “I’m not sure how we’re going to be able to sleep tonight.”
The Dancers Inc. Nationals began Sunday in Hershey and will end July 13.