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Local dancers 'stomp' like pros

The movie "Stomp the Yard" has led the box office for three weeks, and tonight a team of six local dancers will attend a special screening at the Regal Transit as winners in a Sony Pictures "Stomp Like A Pro" national contest.

Dancer-choreographers Dena Spellman, 22, and her sister, Jenna, 18, of Lancaster, and the four other dancers and their family members are the special invited guests at tonight's screening.

Jenna says: "I actually came across the contest on MySpace and I was like 'hey, Dena, want to get some people together and enter this? Then we called some people up."

The other dancers are Danielle Stevens, 18, and Caitlyn Sharp, 17, both of Depew; Naila Ansari, 17, of Buffalo, and Bianca Wells, 17, of Amherst.

Jenna said she and her sister "had never stepped before this. We do hip-hop, jazz, tap."

She said stepping is different: "It's very rhythmic, a lot of stomping and clapping and hitting yourself in the thigh to make a beat."
The video they submitted won the contest and can be seen online at
Jenna said she and her sister will be offering an all-day workshop April 15 at the Grand Island Holiday Inn, run by Darrin Henson, who plays the lead in "Stomp the Yard."

Registration information about the workshop will be available at the Spellmans' Web site,, or at

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