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Collin Raye surprises Troyette fans at annual night out

Article Date: 
28 March, 2014 (All day)

The Night Out with the Troyettes is always fun for all the dancers in Morgan County.  It celebrates the art of dance and a year of accomplishment.  Each year, the Morgan Academy of Dance members join the Troyettes and the Future Troyettes in making this an enjoyable night for the entire community.
This year, a surprise performance of the National Anthem by country music artist Collin Raye made the night even more special.  The evening started a little late because Raye was caught in traffic, but the emotional performance was well worth the wait.
Ronda Ewing said her daughter Shaylee called Raye to ask if he would sing for the event and he graciously accepted, saying that he would be honored to sing this patriotic piece.
After performing, Raye then joined his friends in the audience to watch our talented Morgan dancers.  It was a sweet gesture for someone with so many other places to be, but his generosity of time didn’t stop there.  He joined his friends, the Ewings, for a jam session that included the Jeff and Debbie Trussell family after the event.  
In 2010, Raye lost his 10-year-old granddaughter, Haley, who suffered from a neurological disorder. Because of this tragedy, he has a huge soft spot for special needs children.  Brennan Trussell, who has cerebral palsy, was a special guest at this spur-of-the moment gathering and Raye spent a good amount of the evening just holding Brennan, who eventually fell asleep in his arms.
On April 7, Collin Raye will be holding a concert event to raise funds for the Trussells.  
The night of dance performances started off with a bang, featuring the most adorable cheerleaders from the Morgan Academy of Dance.  They were followed by the Troyettes’ “Camp Dance.”  Former Troyette Darcie Harris fondly remembered, “Our camp dance back in the day was so much fun.  It was my favorite dance we did all year.”
The night continued with beautiful solo performances and group performances by the dance groups involved, as well as the Troyettes.  It was apparent how much practice goes in to these routines.
The evening ended with a presentation of the 2013/14 Troyette team and the crowd bid a fond farewell to graduating seniors: Shaylee Ewing, secretary; Erika Fairbanks, drill mistress; and Sarah Nye, president.
The Troyettes want to give a special thanks to the amazing parents who have been so supportive, the Morgan High School administrators and staff, the Future Troyettes, Infinity Dance, Morgan Academy of Dance, Spotlight Dance, Marty Lee, Collin Raye and Jake Walker.