Alpine Dance recital rocks
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Alpine Dance Academy presents its debut recital in a classic-rock, hip-hop, Michael Jackson kind of way tonight.
The show features more than 60 Summit County dancers – six advanced, 20 intermediate, 25 advanced beginner, 12 beginner and 7 preschoolers – ages 3 to high school.
Director Kelly Monahon infuses this recital with a classic rock component, because last year she was a little shocked when a student asked who sang Pink Floyd’s “Time.”
“I figured it was time for a little classic rock education,” Monahon said.
But as it turns out, when she exposed this year’s students to the likes of the Doors and Floyd, they actually thought the songs were contemporary, she said.
“They think it’s new because they haven’t heard about it,” Monahon said. Unless, of course, their parents are classic rockers.
Two of the four sections of the recital (one being classic rock) follow a story line. In the hip-hop routine “School Days,” the only senior of the group, Kody Berkly, plays a high school student who can’t decide between two girls. “Sky Scapes” uses ballet to depict clouds, sunbeams, sunsets, the moon and stars. Featured soloists including Jordan Brewer, Katie Shell, Ariel Johnston and Bailee Campbell play main roles.
The show ends with a 13-minute salute to Michael Jackson, in which all dancers get a chance to shake it. The kids love Jackson’s music, and when Monahon announced some would dance to “Thriller,” everyone vied for the position. Much to most of the dancers’ disappointment, she let some of the youngest students star; they got to make their own costumes by dirtying and tearing their clothes to transform into zombie attire.
And, according to Monahon, one of the funniest things you’ve ever seen are the preschoolers singing the Rolling Stone’s “Get Off of My Cloud,” while sitting on pillows.
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