Dancing season ends with a bang

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April 16, 2015 8:15 AM

The dancing season is winding down and Fame Dance Studios is wrapping up their year with one final performance.

Fame’s Year End Show, held on April 23 and 24 at the Vic Juba Community Theatre, will feature around 300 students of all ages and skill levels performing in groups over the course of two days.

“Our Year End Show is a combination of all of our dancers, so that means we have Level 1 right through 7 all performing together,” said Sarah Makins, owner and director of Fame Dance Studios. “It’s the only show of the year where this takes place, so it’s really exciting for everybody.”

The dancers will rotate through different levels, starting with recreational dancers and moving up to the most experienced members. All the dances will be done in groups except for the graduates, who get to perform solo numbers.

“It’s really fun and exciting ... to watch to see the development of what a beginning student looks like, who’d only had one or two years of dance, up to someone who’s had 10 to 15 years of dance,” Makins said. “It’s inspiring for (novice students) to watch when they have a break. They get to see what they might look like if they continued with dance.”

Audiences and beginner dancers on their breaks will also have the opportunity to see Fame’s competitive dancers, fresh off their Division 3 win in Red Deer at the end of March. These dancers are still in the midst of their tour of Alberta dance festivals and will be performing in Vermilion from April 15 to 19. After participating in the Year End Show, the squad will take part in tournaments in Calgary from April 29 to May 3 before returning to Red Deer from May 14 to 17.

“We’re very proud of them. They’re doing extremely well,” Makins said of her competitive students. “Division 3 is the highest level division of the competition ... and to win the Division 3 championships the cherry on the top of the cake. It’s very difficult to do and our professional-level students did win, so that’s really exciting for them. It’s a lot of hard work.”

All students will be performing on both nights of the Year End Show. Makins says it was important for the newer dancers to gain as much experience as possible on the big stage in front of a big crowd. Holding the show over two days is also intended to make it easier for the audience.

“All the levels are in each show well because not everybody can come to both evenings, so we wanted to make sure that everybody would have an opportunity to see all the different level that we have,” Makins said. “The shows are about two and a half hours long. We don’t want to go any longer than that or we start to lose the dads in the audience.”

Tickets for the Fame Dance Studios Year End Show are available at the Vic Juba Theatre box office. Admission is $17. Children age five and under are free. Dancers get in for $5 but must show identification to pick up their tickets.

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