We had eight competitors, although only seven actually competed. The lone male contestant had to withdraw at the last minute due to a sprained ankle, so it was an "all-girl" show. First place ($1000) went to Karen Fleming, an 18-year-old from Yorktown. Karen attends William & Mary and the Williams School of Ballet in Williamsburg. Second place ($800) went to Avery Snyder, and third place ($600), to Madison Case. These two young ladies are both from the Charlottesville Ballet Academy. The judges had a very complicated point score system which they dutifully stuck to.
Mary Vallery, who won our Chapter competition, is flanked on the left by Diana Freeman and on the right by Pat Davis.
The 72nd Annual meeting of NSAL was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona between May 17 and 22, 2016. Pat Davis represented our Chapter President, Corky Sablinsky, as Corky was unable to travel because of a bad back. Pat was also the Chaplain at the event. Peter and Diana Freeman also attended from our Chapter.
The Spring Meeting was held at the lovely home of Rosalyn and David Preston. We were entertained first by Arianna Rodriguez, an aspiring opera singer from GMU.
Then our three career competition winners performed (all from UNCSA): From left to right Margaret Gayford (third), Chessa Metz (second) and Mary Mattison Vallery (first prize). Mary will be representing us at the finals in Pheonix.
President Corky Sablinsky then thanked retiring Board members along with their replacements: Janice Chevalier (Winston Art Scholarship Chair), whose job will be taken over by Tara Little; Bob Burns