Thursday, May 13, 2004
After a year of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop dance classes, students of the Let's Dance studio in Oak Creek will perform at the 11th annual Let's Dance recital.
The performance features 21 pieces from 10 classes. They cover various genres and include all ages, from 3-year-olds to adults.
"It's the culmination, it's their bravado, it's what they want to show to the community because they're proud about what they have learned," said Tamara Bereznak, owner of Let's Dance.
Last year, 280 people attended the South Routt dance show. This year, Bereznak hopes the show will draw an even larger crowd.
The show starts with the preschoolers, a group Bereznak said is always a crowd pleaser because they are sure to add a surprise of their own to the show.
"There is always something that they throw in that's completely unplanned," Bereznak said. "That's what makes the preschoolers fun."
Other acts include the hip-hop and modern dance piece that 13 teenagers are performing, and a ladies tap class performance of "Ladies of the Dance," a spin-off of Lord of the Dance.
There is no theme to the overall performance. Bereznak, who choreographs the pieces, does not like to constrain the students.
"They need to be able to perform to something they enjoy," she said.
Although each dance class focuses on a particular dance style, Bereznak likes to work other genres and movements in to give her students wider exposure. Those other elements, which include country-western and Latin styles, often are what students enjoy most, she said.
Bereznak's philosophy of performance is that the main purpose of the show is to give students the chance to feel proud of themselves and to do their best. For instance, most pieces begin with the dancers in a group but develop to feature each dancer individually.
"You're teaching dance, yes, but you're teaching cooperation and caring," Bereznak said.
The show, she said, is guaranteed to be a fun family event.
"It's such a good time," she said. "It's just one smile after another."
The 11th annual Let's Dance performance is at 7 p.m. May 22 in the Soroco High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children younger than 12.