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.”
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