Move over “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Warren County students have talent too.
People packed the Warren County High School gym to see that talent on display and cheer on their favorite singers, dancers and musicians at the third annual Tennessee Entertainment Live fundraiser sponsored by the WCHS Pioneerettes.
The Pioneerettes are led by coaches Chris Ledbetter and Penny Shockley.
“Warren County has some amazing and talented kids,” said Shockley. “The almost 450 people in attendance got a real treat. Seeing our youth really shine in the things they love to do is what the night was all about and I think that happened all night. I hope it happens again.”
Among the entertainment for the event held earlier this month were the WCHS Pioneerettes dance team, WCHS Pioneer Pride Marching Band, WCHS choir, WCHS California Club, Warren County Middle School sixth-grade cheerleaders, Pioneerettes alumni and dancers from Paula’s Dance Academy.
The Pioneerettes alumni just about stole the show with a routine they choreographed for the recent Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser. The alumni, ranging in age from 39 to 47, proved they have still got it, according to the roar of the audience following their performance.
The Pioneerettes performed their hip hop routine. The Pioneer Pride Band rocked the crowd with their 2013 competition show, “Music of the Night.” The two joined together to perform “Party Rock Anthem.”
The WCHS choir wowed the crowd with its vocals. Under the direction of Kennette Dixon, the choir is in its second year at the high school since disappearing from the curriculum in the early 1990s.
The 146 students enrolled in choir more than doubled last year’s enrollment of 62.
Choir members sang two songs, both titled “Home” and they performed a crowd-pleasing rendition of Journey’s greatest hits. Several talented high schoolers had solos or duets including Courtney Blair, Graylin Brock, McKenna Dixon, Brock Fariss, Rylee Hilliard, Ryan Jennings, Nico Reyes, Haley Sanders and Logan Underhill. Tyler Cantrell, Clint Grissom and Jett Urtubees also showcased their whistling skills during the choir’s performances.
Thursday, Dec. 19 will mark the choir’s next performance during its fundraiser titled “Sounds of the Season” taking place in the high school auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m. A chili supper will be served in the cafeteria, the choir will sing and “American Idol” contestant Schyler Dixon will close the show with a concert. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Kennette Dixon or any choir member.
The California Club, also in its second year, entertained the crowd by performing authentic Mexican dances.
The students performed dances including “Guadalajara,” which is a traditional Ballet Folklorico dance, “Jarabe Tapatio” which many know as the “Mexican Hat Dance” and “Banda” which is a brass-based form of traditional Mexican music. They also danced to “Sevillana,” named after a folk music style widespread in Seville (Andalusia) in Spain.
The dancers were dressed in brightly colored skirts and shirts, adding to the festivity of their show.
Last year, the California Club performed in authentic tap shoes with nail heads in place of taps. The dancers were unable to wear those tap shoes on the newly replaced hardwood basketball court. But, even without their tap shoes, the dancers put on a crowd-pleasing performance.
The WCHS and WCMS cheerleaders performed their 2013 routines filled with stunts to the delight of the crowd.
Members of Paula’s Dance Academy pee-wee, youth and junior dance teams danced routines with dancers Anaston Chisam, Ally Locke, Courtlyn Sauer and Madison Weeter performing solos. Paula’s choreographer, Destiny Jordan, also performed.
Closing out the evening, the Pioneerettes took the floor with young dancers who attended their dance clinic earlier in the day. Many of the younger dancers had never danced before an audience, but they entertained the crowd with their “Roar” clinic routine.