Thunderclouds rumbled over the Township Auditorium on Tuesday night as Miss South Carolina and Miss Teen South Carolina contestants hit the stage for an electrifying first round of preliminaries.
Miss Teen Socastee High, Brooke Vu, gave patrons a splash of Hawaiian culture with her standout performance in the teen competition. Strapped in a coconut bikini, Vu rocked and gyrated her straw skirt, increasing the tempo of her dance in sync with the rumble of tribal drums.
Miss Laurens County Teen, Heather Madden, created a unique performance with her speed-painting routine. Moving to the music as she painted a snarling tiger’s face, quotes about self- expression and not being afraid to “paint outside of the lines” echoed through the speakers.
In the Miss pageant, Miss Chesnee, Erin Frost, showed the other tappers how it was done. To the tune of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland,” she took the classic “tri-ple” step of the Boogie-woogie to a dizzyingly fast new level.
The next third of contestants will compete in the second round of preliminaries at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Township Auditorium.