The fifth annual "Yes, We Can DANCE!" was a boffo showcase for Manatee County's scholastic dance teams last Saturday at the Neel Performing Arts Center.
The matinee was almost a full house and the evening performance was a sellout.
There were 27 acts in all.
The dance team directors who got their charges ready for the show were:
Melecia Perren, Bayshore High School Honeybears and Bruins.
Traci Cristello, Braden River H.S. Black Pearls.
Amanda Dawsey, Braden River H.S. Silver Pearls.
Bunni Roberts, Braden River Middle School Panthers.
Angela Babroski, Haile Middle School Dance.
Hope Hahn, Heather Selens, Lakewood Ranch H.S. Silver Stars.
Donna McElhiney, Ashley Hassler, Lee Middle School Lightning.
Tess Chawi, Xander Chawi, Manatee H.S. Ballroom Club.
Amber Platowski, Manatee H.S. Sugar 'Canes.
Francesca Ricciardo, Manatee JV Sugar 'Canes.
Elyse Born, Kristina Castner, Manatee School for the Arts HEAT.
Jonah Wright, MSA Strikers.
Shea Whidden, Tafara Callaway, Palmetto H.S. Dazzlers.
Katie Hillman, Southeast H.S. Nolettes.
Andrea Distelhurst, Nicole Tooley, Sugg Middle Cyclones.