The MV Dance Recital was held on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 PM in the Glenn Campus Gymnasium. Family and friends gathered to support 98 dancers, from Early Preschool to Grade Six, as they took to the stage to perform a dance that they have been learning and perfecting in class.
Each year, the dance teachers meet to discuss a theme for the show. When reflecting on what this world needs, we quickly realized that we wanted to empower our dancers to take on any challenge thrown their way. We created this year’s theme was “I Am…” All of the songs and messages were about empowerment and being unique. Students discussed the meaning behind their songs in class and how they can do anything they put their minds to. Some of the “I Am…” concepts were “I Am More Than Just A Pretty Face”, “I Am Classic”, “I Am Independent”, and “I Am Deserving”.
“We wanted the students to feel confident about themselves both in their dancing abilities but in all aspects of their lives”, shared Katie Trenney. “We wanted to remind the dancers and the audience to build people up.”
The opening number of the show showcased all dancers as they performed on the stage and in the aisle to “This is Me” from the hit movie The Greatest Showman. This number is always a crowd favorite because it showcases all dancers together. Throughout the show, the audience watched ballet, hip hop, jazz, and tap performances as the students sported beautiful costumes. Some of the songs included: You are My Sunshine, Confident, One Girl Revolution, Express Yourself, Scars to Your Beautiful, and many more.
Dance teachers, Emily Edwards (Tap and Jazz, MV Dance Recital Coordinator), Brittany Maxwell (Hip Hop and Competitive Dance), Carrie Patrick (Ballet), and Katie Trenney (Tap and Jazz, Dance Recital Coordinator Assistant) were all thrilled with the final performance.
“It is so wonderful to see to see the show come to life”, stated Emily Edwards. “Something magical happens when the costumes are added, the lights are shining and the music is pumping as the dancers take the stage. The dancers have been working diligently and it is simply the best to see it come in life at the recital.”
The MV Dance Family would like to thank the following for their contributions to the 2019 Recital: Lisa Brady (Director of Extended Play Programs), Matthew Neylon and Jake Lortz (Audio and Technical Support), Legacy Studios (Photography), Julian Fedele (Videography), Anne Katz and Rikki Hagerty (T-shirt and Program Design), Ashley Giardino and Blooms of Dunwoody (Flower Bouquets), and Cindy Spivey (Backstage Helpers Lead).