Summit School of Dance presents recital |

Summit School of Dance presents recital

For more than 25 years, Summit School of Dance in Frisco has been enriching students’ lives with the joy of movement. This weekend, the studio showcases a culmination of year’s worth of “work, tears and sore muscles,” owner Melanie Frey said, with its annual spring recital.

Nikki Witzke, a senior in high school, is one of the dancers who will shine on stage. She started dance classes in Frisco at age 3, and when she reached about age 6 or 7 and had to choose which sport she wanted to dedicate her time to, she chose dance.

“Dance is definitely a release for me,” Witzke said. “When I’m mad, I go to the studio, and I end up happy.”

She plans to major in dance at Arizona State University and later teach or focus on choreography. She credits dance for giving her greater physical balance and flexibility, confidence on stage, as well as musicality and awareness of her body in space.

“Music really ties into it – and the process of emotions that comes out of it,” Witzke said.

Though she never wanted to quit dance, she did get tired of the “drama” between students in middle school, a period where she said no one was getting along. But since then, she said the group she has danced with since at least fifth grade has become a family.

“You know who your true friends are,” she said.

Kay Atteberry is one of those good friends. She began lessons at age 6, because she saw her friends go to the studio. She also experiences dance as an emotional release.

“After school, I can just dance, and it’s all better,” Atteberry said.

It has taught her discipline and confidence, as well as how to act as a role model for younger students, by staying focused and listening to instructors.

“There is so much they get from dance,” Frey said. “At the upper levels, it’s poise, focus, discipline, social (interaction), comfort with their bodies, coordination and team work. At the younger levels, there isn’t anything that isn’t covered – colors, numbers, integration of halves of the body … and all basic movement skills.”

At the recital, audiences will see how the dancers have grown.

“All of the pieces are really good this year,” Witzke said. “(Audiences) are going to be surprised by what they see.”

And you never know exactly what might happen, because as Frey admits, not every performance is perfection, but she reframes “mistakes” as “unplanned solos.”

“What happens on that stage can only be described as sometimes touchingly beautiful, fun, funky, rhythmic and soulful,” Frey said.

“You can see their love for what they’re doing,” she said. “I think the audience will totally enjoy the silliness of the younger ones, the elegance of the older ones, and everything else that comes in between.”

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