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Let's Dance 2014! Children & Youth

‘OH, THE PLACES WE'LL GO!’ DELIGHTS LANDES CENTER AUDIENCE IN APRIL 2014

Delighting a near-capacity crowd at the Landes Arts Center April 12, 2014, a troupe of 51 dancers in seven age groups from pre-K through adults donned beautiful costumes and performed challenging and charming routines. Titled “Oh, the Places We’ll Go”, the Center Stage Dancers’ presentation served as a final student recital for Eastern WV Community and Technical College’s 2013-2014 recreational dance program..

Meeting weekly from the fall through the spring as a joint venture of the Hardy County Wellness Center (HCWC), Eastern’s community program offers recreational ballet, jazz, and creative movement in a social setting.

New classes for the 2014-15 term start in August, and class size is limited.  To register your child, and for more information, call (304) 434-8000, ext. 253.

(All photos on this page by Mellissa Kay.)

6 “Baby Dolls” posing in blue rainbow tutus at the recital: photo by Mellissa Kay

 "Oh, The Places We'll Go!" delighted a near-capacity crowd at the Landes Arts Center May 18:  “Baby Dolls” from left: front: Kate Combs, Addison Hunt, Melissa Olah;
back: Reece Sites, Brenna See, Demi Arbaugh

“We have now completed our fourth year with this program and the rewards are enormous,” said program instructor, Missy Michael Shockey. “The first-year dancers catch on so quickly, and the more advanced groups are really beginning to develop confidence in their abilities.

10 “Starlets” posing in orange and gold tutus at the 2014 recital: photo by Mellissa Kay.

  'Oh, The Places We'll Go!' at the Landes Arts Center May 18: “Starlets”, from left: front: Emma Ludwig, Grayce Ketterman, Blair Weese; middle: Keyra Fisher, Ryen Sites; back: Hailee Crites, Chloe Weikle, Kiara Davis-Priest, Grace Mallow, Sadie Shields

Dance teaches discipline, accomplishment, social skills, manners, taking turns, team spirit, coordination, imagination, and much more, Shockey noted, emphasizing that it “can be an integral part of childhood development. I am so proud of each member of our dance troupe for their efforts.”

“Oh, The Places We'll Go!”: 6 “Dancing Divas” pose in deep sky blue tutus at the recital: photo by Mellissa Kay

Oh, The Places We'll Gol”: “Dancing Divas”, from left: front: Hailey Biser, Sterling Kump; back: Katie Bowlby, Brookelyn Cost, AriAnna Gilbert, Allissa Biser

Shockey also praised her dancers’ parents for their unwavering commitment to the program, and pointed out that without the assistance of her own daughter, Shannon Shockey, the class would not have achieved so much success for its students.

9 “Showstoppers” posing in fire engine red and lavender tutus at the recital: photo by Mellissa Kay.

Oh, The Places We'll Go!”:  “Showstoppers” from the recital, from left: front: Rebecca Rao, Tamiya Miller, Madalyn Clayton, Allison Barr, Rachel Smith; back: Sydney Riggleman, Marissa Simmons, Makenzie Keplinger, Paige VanMeter

“Shannon brings eleven years of dance experience, and is a real key to our program.  She relates well to our dancers’ youth and feeds their eagerness to learn. And she serves as a strong role model for them.” 

9 “Entertainers” posing in yellow tutus at the recital: photo by Mellissa Kay.

Oh, The Places We'll Go!”: “Entertainers”, front: Chloe Bradley, Elizabeth Williams, Faith Snyder, Maggie Olah; back: Caroline Kump, Veronica Carr, Gracie Simmons, Madison Sherman, Caroline Auville

The Eastern/Wellness Center partnership will offer classes for the 2014-15 term starting in August, and class size is limited.  To register your child, and for more information, call (304) 434-8000, ext. 253.

The  “Dazzling Duo” pose sleeveless in black motorcycle vests with black leather jeans and short black gloves at the recital: photo by Mellissa Kay

Oh, The Places We'll Go!”: The “Dazzling Duo” at the recital, Muryssa George, left, and Shannon Shockey

 

6 "Dancing Queens" (moms!) in checkered open-collar shirts and black slacks at the recital: photo by Mellissa Kay

Oh, The Places We'll Go!”: The “Dancing Queens”: front: Melissa Alexander, Amanda Campbell, Tammy Clayton; back: Stacy Keplinger, Sheena VanMeter, Kirsten Barr, Kelly Riggleman