Re­gan Baker re­ceives state dance award

Record Observer - - School - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Kent Is­land High School se­nior, Re­gan Baker, 17, has been awarded the All-State Dance Award. Ac­cord­ing to KIHS dance teacher Am­ber Wright, “Re­gan is the only stu­dent from the Eastern Shore to re­ceive this honor this year.”

Re­gan, who be­gan danc­ing at age 4 at the Dashiell School of Danc­ing in Stevensville, has danced many dif­fer­ent parts in the an­nual hol­i­day “Nutcracker” over the years. This year, she per­formed two parts, that of the Mouse King and also the Dew Drop parts. Last year she per­formed as the Sugar Plum Fairy as part of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bal­let Com­pany, held at the Chil­dren’s Theater of An­napo­lis.

Re­gan re­ceived an email from the state the day af­ter her au­di­tion. She and Wright opened the email to­gether in Wright’s of­fice at school.

When they read that Re­gan had re­ceived the award, “We both screamed and started danc­ing to­gether around the room. It was re­ally funny be­cause other stu­dents were there at the time and they at first didn’t know why we were mak­ing such a fuss,” said Re­gan.

Wright said, “Re­gan is ver y deser ving of this award, and she’s such a good per­son.”

Re­gan has a cu­mu­la­tive GPA of 3.76 as a stu­dent and is a mem­ber of the KIHS Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety. She has ap­plied to seven dif­fer­ent col­leges, but has not de­cided where she will go to school af­ter grad­u­at­ing from KIHS this com­ing spring. She has de­cided she wants to ma­jor in dance in col­lege.

Re­gan will be per­form­ing soon in the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of “Sleep­ing Beauty.” She also has at least two dance recitals she will be per­form­ing in, one of those through Dashiell School of Danc­ing in June.

Dance school founder Wally Dashiell said, “At one point, when she was about 12-years-old, Re­gan be­came un­happy with her­self. She didn’t think she was very pretty or co­or­di­nated. She told me she was go­ing to quit danc­ing. I told her not to give up and stay with it. She fol­lowed my in­struc­tions.”

Re­gan said, “Mrs. Dashiell has been the big­gest in­flu­ence in my life as a dancer. She al­ways had faith in me. She’s the rea­son I kept go­ing.”

Teacher Wright is also “a Dashiell girl,” one of nu­mer­ous for­mer Dashiell dancers who have passed on the pas­sion they learned from their orig­i­nal teacher. Wright proudly tells peo­ple all the time, “I learned my danc­ing at Dashiell School of Danc­ing.”

Oth­ers who are out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of Dashiell’s in­struc­tion, for­mer Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Carol Wil­liamson, KIHS teacher Amy Ted­ford Waskey, and Eve­lyn Paddy, who is now the proud owner of Dashiell School of Danc­ing.

Wil­liamson pre­vi­ously said, “Mrs Dashiell taught me to have poise and be gra­cious, even in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.”

Re­gan is the grand­daugh­ter of Wheeler and Holly Baker of Ch­ester.

Re­gan Baker, front cen­ter, re­cently danced both the parts of the Mouse King and Dew Drop Fairy.

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