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Teens dance for a purpose
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The Atlantic Area CASA’s Inaugural “So You Think You Can Dance-Teen Edition” drew support from the local community as the event showcased talented youth in efforts to raise funds to continue their advocacy services. 

Nineteen contestants, including four groups, showed off their best dance moves with multiple styles of dance, ranging from jazz to hip hop to praise dance. Each act was then judged by a panel, to include former Miss Black Georgia USA, Nakeia Staley, the 2018 Dancing with the Stars Top Female and Top Fundraising Winner, Nina-Testman and Jo Ann Arthur-Anderson.

Third place went to Peyton Sack with her contemporary style dance to “Be as You Are” by Mike Posner. Second place went to Timara McMillian for her jazz-acro style dance to “Wings” by Little Mix. First place went to Kathryn Breningstall for her contemporary style dance to “Never Enough” by “The Greatest Showman” cast. 

Also awarded was sibling group, Naheva and Isaiah McKinney, also known as the Ancient Groovers, for reaching the Top Fundraising spot. Each winner also received a cash reward for their placings. Contestants also received participation ribbons and gift bags, courtesy of VIP Office Furniture and Supplies and Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, Fran Kelley Nelson. 

Fundraising efforts would not have been complete without local businesses, community partners and members who sponsored the event. Top sponsor (Mambo) comes from the Retired Citizens of Statesboro Chapter of Georgia Power. The second sponsor level (Rumba) comes from both Realty Executives Liberty and Vaden Nissan of Hinesville. The third sponsor level (Waltz) comes to Liberty Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Boyd’s Insurance Services. 

CASA’s six service areas include Bryan, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Tattnall counties. CASA thanks the contestants, sponsors and supporters for their participation and dedication. Appreciation goes to the MC, Comedian Burpie, the judges, and the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. 

This year, Atlantic Area CASA celebrates 20 years of advocacy efforts and services for the multiple abused and neglected children placed in foster care. CASA’s goal is to be the voice for the voiceless and give each child the proper care they deserve. If interested in becoming a volunteer, call 912-876-3816 or visit for more information. 

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