9/26/13 Southern Alamance student dances on a big stage recently
Mikaley Lane, center, poses with members of All That! in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Southern Alamance student dances on a big stage recently
By Charity Apple The Times-News 9/26/13
Reprinted with permission.
Last Saturday night, Southern Alamance High School freshman Mikaley Lane got to dance onstage with nationally known clogging group, All That!, as one of 10 winners in the group’s recent Clogging Challenge contest on Facebook.
Lane, of Liberty, performed at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C. alongside nine other cloggers from throughout the United States and Canada.
“All That! was blown away by how together they were, since they’d never danced together before,” said Dawn Lane, Mikaley’s mother. “It looked like they had been dancing together for years.”
The 10 cloggers rehearsed the number last Friday night and although they went into the competition as individuals, Mikaley said the fl uidity of their movements and their synchronized numbers made it feel as if they were performing as a team.
Mikaley, 14, entered the contest under her mom’s urging, but had no expectations that she’d get a callback, much less win.
“I was very surprised,” she said.
All That! mentioned on its Facebook page how “amazing this challenge turned out. Congratulations to each of the 10 winners. You are all amazing people and incredible dancers and it was simply a pleasure to get to share the stage with you guys.”
All That! is made up of Mike Curtis, Delohn Collins, Brian Staggs, Mark Clifford, Kenneth Fithen, Brad Berry, Harrison Barnes, Drake Elkin and Joel Harrison. The dancers have performed on and were finalists in Fox TV’s “30 Seconds to Fame” and ABC Family’s Dance Fever and finished as first runners-up in NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The group most recently appeared on the Speed Network’s “Fast Track To Fame.”
The first time Mikaley said she saw clogging was in an area Christmas parade. She was 5 years old at the time and remembered saying “Hey, Mom, I want to do that.”
Mikaley has been competitively clogging for eight years and is a member of the Carolina Sound Cloggers team in Graham, which is under the direction of Bryant Brogden.
Mikaley said that one day, she hopes to open her own dance studio. She is the daughter of Dawn Lane of Liberty and Michael Lane of Burlington.