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Summit School of Dance annual recitals this weekend

Special to the DailySummit School of Dance students perform at last year's recitals, now in their 30th year.

Both days this weekend, locals have the opportunity to enjoy performances by Summit School of Dance students from Summit, Lake and Eagle counties.

On Saturday at 7 p.m. and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, students will take the stage in the Summit High School auditorium for a tradition nearly 30 years old.

“There’s about 250 dancers that will cross the stage this weekend,” said Melanie Frey, director and owner of the Summit School of Dance. “This is an entire studio effort. And the Saturday show is different than the Sunday show.”

Five soloists will perform in addition to the numerous group routines. “Most of the soloists have choreographed their own piece,” Frey said. “They pick their own music and decided their own style to dance in. That is an honor for graduating seniors only.”

Dancers as young as 3 will also take the spotlight, performing what may be the beginning of many dance recitals as cooks, frogs and sailor crabs. The boys will display their skills as zombies and older boys will try their hands at imitating the Jabba Wockeeze. The performances will also include fairies, magicians, shadows and cowgirls.

The award-winning CO.motion dancers will also take center stage as they perform “Secrets,” a piece that has won them a number of first-place trophies at regional competitions this year in Denver.

Frey works out of the School of Dance’s Frisco location. Satellite studios are based in the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and the old CMC building in Breckenridge. She is now in her 23rd year of managing the studio and putting on these recitals, she said.

The school educates young people in poise, discipline, creativity, athleticism, performance and art. The emphasis for Frey is not only on dance, but also on individuality, cohesiveness, strength and perseverance.