Time for a Curtain Call
by Erick Torres
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Extra, extra, read all about it: The girls, dressed up in suspenders and old style flat golf caps, raise their hats in triumph. Dancing in their flashback outfits of the early 1900’s perform “Seize the Day” in this well-themed dance routine. Photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
Extra, extra, read all about it: The girls, dressed up in suspenders and old style flat golf caps, raise their hats in triumph. Dancing in their flashback outfits of the early 1900’s perform “Seize the Day” in this well-themed dance routine. Photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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Not in kansas anymore: (Right) Sophia Dahlin playing Glinda, and Riley Phipps (Left) dancing as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. The girls perform a dance routine titled “He’s the Wizard” inspired from the iconic musical. Photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
Not in kansas anymore: (Right) Sophia Dahlin playing Glinda, and Riley Phipps (Left) dancing as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. The girls perform a dance routine titled “He’s the Wizard” inspired from the iconic musical. Photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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work it, girl: The girls and young ladies of the Curtain Call Dance Studio perform a hip hop routine for the Studio’s 18th Annual June Revue. This will be the last time Curtain Call Dance Studio will host their own event until next year’s June revue. Photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
work it, girl: The girls and young ladies of the Curtain Call Dance Studio perform a hip hop routine for the Studio’s 18th Annual June Revue. This will be the last time Curtain Call Dance Studio will host their own event until next year’s June revue. Photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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HUGHSON— Roughly 70 girls ranging from 3 to 18-years-old took the stage at Hughson High School to show off their new moves during Curtain Call Dance Studio’s 18th annual June Revue on June 20. West side dancers throughout the region took their place on stage to perform for over 100 doting fans and parents.

The show featured a clash of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical jazz, and hip hop rolled into a two hour event.

Curtain Call Dance Studio, owned and instructed by Kristen Call, originally opened in 1995, and has since expanded the business to a location on North First Street in 2005.

Call stresses that her recitals are contoured to creating a family-friendly atmosphere that parents can be proud of. All the music in the show is filtered from any vulgar lyrics, and Call takes pride in making sure the girls are dressed age appropriate.

Call explained the girls have been working on these routines for a good part of the year now. “Typically they spend most of the year on the dance techniques,” she said. “Then we like to incorporate those techniques into a routine.”

Call was adamant in her teaching philosophy.

“We like to teach them how to dance, not just how to do the routine.”

In total there were 32 routines, each offering a new variety to add to the overall presentation of the show. The ballet discipline was perhaps the most impressive technical aspect of the dance recital. The ballet techniques were the most distinct of them all as the girls floated around the stage in difficult poses.

One ballet routine that exhibited this fully was titled “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” featuring Gina Brooks. Brooks exhibited a range of expressive ballet techniques, but nothing was more impressive than her stunning footwork.

Brooks showed immense poise and discipline as she lightly danced around the stage. Sometimes entire sequences of the dance routine were done on the tips of her toes, showing off the classic ballet pose to the audience.

But Brooks wasn’t the only young lady that was given a chance to perform a solo routine. Sophia Dahlin also performed a piece titled “Something’s Got a Hold of Me.” Dahlin’s routine featured a much higher tempo that showcased contemporary dance moves. The routine involved a new setting and even a few props that were incorporated into the routine, including Dahlin acting as a teenager in front of her dresser and mirror.

Call said she developed routines that often used props, coveted costumes and new settings to enhance the theme of the song.

In the routine “She’s a Butterfly,” the Studio not only changed the stages’ setting and lighting to match the mood of the song, but also developed a unique wardrobe specifically for the song. The girls were garbed in dresses that were made with wingspans decorated like monarch butterflies. Call said she was able to incorporate the wingspans as a unique artistic flair that separated it from any other performance.

Ultimately Call wants her students to succeed both on and off the stage, and knows that dancing can help her students come a long way in life.

“It is about the girls and they’re self-esteem and self-worth,” she said.

“I want them to enjoy the process.We all make mistakes, but we smile through it and make the best of it. We have to handle the hard situations. Life is full of hard decisions.”

Contact Erick Torres at 892-6187, ext. 28, or erick@pattersonirrigator.com.
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