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Frost will play game at Wofford hours before Miss Greer pageant

Behind the scenes at rehearsals

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, February 10, 2012

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Lauren Cabaniss was defending her leggings as fashionable in Japan as some contestants bantered at the end of rehearsals tonight. Cabaniss, a former Miss Greater Greer Teen, tries for a sweep in the Miss Greer contest Saturday night.

Lauren Cabaniss was defending her leggings as fashionable in Japan as some contestants bantered at the end of rehearsals tonight. Cabaniss, a former Miss Greater Greer Teen, tries for a sweep in the Miss Greer contest Saturday night.



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Abby Dill intently watches rehearsals onstage tonight at Greer High School. Pageant contestants said they remembered wanting to be a beauty queen when they were younger.

Abby Dill intently watches rehearsals onstage tonight at Greer High School. Pageant contestants said they remembered wanting to be a beauty queen when they were younger.



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Organizers of the Miss Greater Greer pageant were focused on the contestants during a 5-hour rehearsal tonight. 

Organizers of the Miss Greater Greer pageant were focused on the contestants during a 5-hour rehearsal tonight. 



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Christina Loftis, 2004 Miss Greater Greer, has choreographed this years pageant. 

Christina Loftis, 2004 Miss Greater Greer, has choreographed this years pageant. 



Erin Frost isn’t one to wait around nervously for the Miss Greater Greer pageant scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Greer High School. The Wofford College junior will be playing a basketball game against Western Carolina University at 2 p.m. in Spartanburg.

Frost has averaged 12 minutes and played in all 24 games.

She was on Wofford’s dance team her freshman year and was a basketball walk on as a sophomore.  Frost is an English major and on an academic scholarship.

Gabrielle Howard, a Riverside High School senior, wrote the song, “I Remember When” that she will sing Saturday night. “It’s about love in one’s life,” Howard said. The love represents her life. 

Laci Olson, the reigning Miss Greater for two more days, was coaching some of the dancers how to prevent from sliding on a slick stage. 

“One of the girls put hairspray on her tap shoes to help make them sticky,” Olson said. She also said using duct tape is an alternative. “You put duct tape on the bottom of the shoes and then slice little strips to help with the grip.”

One remedy is putting resin on the shoes.

And then there’s the ultimate alternative suggested by a mom of a dancer. “There are portable floors that can be used and I’m going to try to locate one and ask if we can use it here.”

Sydney Sill, 2011 Miss Greater Lyman Teen and in the Top 5 in Miss South Carolina Teen, ironically finished first runnerup at the Miss Byrnes High School pageant last year. 

A 5-hour rehearsal was held tonight with the Miss and Teen candidates going through each phase of their competition, the opening number and practicing their introductions. 

Choreographer Christina Loftis, 2004 Miss Greater Greer, went through repetitive routines to get the timing perfected and the girls on the marks. Each run-through was improved and Loftis dismissed the girls when she acknowledged their success.

Girls took advantage of Loftis’ experience in dance and choreography with some individual instruction after rehearsals.

Dixie Waldrop, Mistress of Ceremonies, gave the girls a run-through with what to expect during the final phase of the pageant. Each contestant was given a question to answere as they were announced for the final time.

The opening number will be performed to "Blow" by Kesha. Laci Olson, Miss Greater Greer, and Abby Riggs, Miss Teen, will also take part of the opening. Olson and Riggs will provide entertainment in separate dance numbers.

Dance Visions also provide entertainment.

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