VIDEO: Kaily Adams wins $300 top prize in Duncan Has Talent dance finals

Kaily Adams, the eventual first place winner of the dance event at Duncan Has Talent, starts her presentation with a hip hop number. For more from the event, see page 17. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Kaily Adams, the eventual first place winner, starts her presentation with a hip hop number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Mentors, from left, Krista Oviatt, Cathy Schmidt, and Laura Cardriver wrestle with the difficult task of choosing the top three dancers at Duncan Has Talent on July 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Competitors, from left, Kaily Adams, Lia Martinez, Esmee Rush, Kaydence Winter, Annabelle Compton, Sabrina Spenceley get their marching orders for the Duncan Has Talent dance finals on Friday, July 5 at the Buckerfield’s Stage at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Kaily Adams changed her style entirely for her second dance at the Duncan Has Talent finals July 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Kaily Adams combines emotion with dance skill in her presentations. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Esmee Rush, second place winner, chooses some music from ‘Grease’ for her first dance. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Esmee Rush shows lots of personality in her first presentation for the judges/mentors. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
In her second dance, Esmee Rush presents a hip hop number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Third place winner, Kaydence Winter, shows her hip hop style in one of her two selections. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Kaydence Winter presents a ballet selection on her way to a third place finish at Duncan Has Talent July 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Kaydence Winter combines charm and style in her presentation for the mentors/ judges. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Annabelle Compton was the first competitor to present a dance at Duncan Has Talent at the finals on Friday. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Annabelle Compton leaps high in one of her two dances in the Duncan Has Talent finals at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Annabelle Compton presents a graceful dance in the Duncan Has Talent finals July 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Annabelle Compton presents a graceful dance in the Duncan Has Talent finals July 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lia Martinez shows her athleticism by easily lifting one leg in one of her two selections. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lia Martinez dances for the mentors/ judges and a big crowd at the finals of Duncan Has Talent on July 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Leaping like a gazelle, Lia Martinez approaches the end of her number at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lia Martinez jumps precisely as she dances in front of the Buckerfield’s stage at Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sabrina Spenceley presents the first of two hip hop numbers during competition at Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sabrina Spenceley, in her second selection, chooses to include another dance in hip hop style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
During her first number, Sabrina Spenceley leaps from the stage and continues her dance on the grass. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sabrina Spenceley shows her hip hop style during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

The word is on the street: Duncan Has Talent has begun.

“We had three dancers out the first night but by the second night we had six,” said Longevity John Falkner of The 39 Days of July.

So, by the time the finals for the Duncan Has Talent dance competition began Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m. there was a big crowd at Charles Hoey Park all eager to see who would win the $300, $200, and $100 prizes offered by the Duncan Lions Sassy Lion Thrift Store.

Kaily Adams emerged as the winner after two rounds of dancing, which mainly took place on the grass right in front of the judges and mentors: Laura Cardriver, Cathy Schmidt, and Krista Oviatt.

Esmee Rush won the $200 second place prize, and Kaydence Winter won third place, and $100.

The other competitors were Annabelle Compton, Lia Martinez, and Sabrina Spenceley, and the level of talent was so high that it took the judges a fair while to come to a decision on the winners.

In Duncan Has Talent, winning is not simply a question of talent: it also includes being willing to use the helpful hints the mentors offer and work to improve the presentations.

This week, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from 5 to 6 p.m., the mentors will work with contestants in the cover tunes/show tunes category. The finals are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12.

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