|The Blues Brothers recently graduated from FCHS|
The Blues Brothers (Angeline Quinn, left, and Katelyn Holcomb) perform at the national Dance Machine Inc. contest held recently in North Carolina. The Franklin County dancing duo placed sixth.
Monday, July 14, 2014
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The Blues Brothers are back from national competition where they placed sixth against some of the best talent in the country.
Katelyn Holcomb (Elwood Blues) and Angeline Quinn (Jake Blues), a dance duo who just graduated from Franklin County High School in May, won the regionals in the Dance Machine Inc. competition and competed in the nationals in Wilkesboro, N.C., recently.
"We were awarded High Platinum, received a Bravo Award, and placed sixth overall in the senior competitive duet/trio category," Holcomb said. "We had 23 competitors in our category and they were all amazing to watch. There was never a dull moment and it definitely kept us on our toes watching our competition before we performed."
The duo also won last year's Franklin County's Got Talent contest.
Holcomb, the daughter of Pam and Tim Holcomb of Rocky Mount, said she started dancing when she was 4 and has been enrolled at the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy.
Quinn, the daughter of Lonnie and Doris Quinn of Rocky Mount, started in the first grade and also has taken dance lessons at the academy for years.
"Nationals was a lot of fun and a great experience," Holcomb said. "We have really enjoyed our Blues Brothers Tour, starting with a dance recital in 2013 and progressing to local and regional competitions and also having the wonderful opportunity of performing at nationals."
Holcomb also said they are appreciative of the community support they have received.
"We are also very thankful for our dance studio, Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy, directed by Jennifer Young and our choreographer, Brittany Holcomb," she said. "This has been more than just two dancers dancing together over the past year, it has been the chance of two girls who have been best friends since first grade getting to do what they love to do together in a way that expresses their personalities."