Kristen Woods arrived with enormous lolly pops at the annual concert of Kristen’s Dance Studio last Saturday. The lolly pops were a prop for one of the 38 performances that Kristen and five other teachers had choreographed for the 240 students to entertain over 1,000 audience members over two shows. “Our annual concert is the showcase which celebrates with our dancers’ family and friends their amazing year,” said Kristen Saturday morning before the concerts. The What’s on the Juke Box? performance was a trip down memory lane and then back up a recent street. The audience couldn’t help but bop, toe tap and clap long with hits such as, Splish, Splash performed
by the Friday Tiny Dancers (who nearly stole the show), Uptown Funk performed by House with No Steps and Gotcha performed by Adult Jazz.
The costumes were dynamic and although many were purchased online, they still needed a lot of alterations and quick fixes. For Kristen one of the highlights of her year is the finale when all the students from the age of three to adults are on stage together. For many in the audience it was the highlight too. Kristen’s Dance Studio teaches over 70 classes per week including ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. “Moving into our own studio in Lawler Street this year has been nothing but amazing,” Kristen said. “Now we can pop in and see other teachers and classes. We feel so much more connected.”
By Dianne Collie