Children take ‘center stage’ at Nov. 16 recital in Jesse Hall

Get ready to become patriotic at the fall semester Center Stage dance recital: Born In the USA. The performance has eight to 10 dances that range from hip-hop to ballet. Each song showcases something unique about the U.S. and the teachers and dancers are ready to perform. Save the date for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Jesse Hall, on the MU campus, when show time begins.

Center Stage is an organization that provides free dance instruction for elementary students. They teach ballet, hip-hop, cheer and jazz to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Each class has a dance routine in the semester recitals. Because Center Stage is a nonprofit dance studio, donations are always welcome. The donations help pay for the performance space and for costumes.

Marissa Small, Center Stage secretary and longtime dance teacher, is in charge of the recital. It has been difficult to plan such a large event, but she believes it pays off for the children to be able to dance on stage. Each dance class practices for an hour weekly with some children in multiple classes.

“We have got a lot of kids; more than last year,” Small said.

The recital is free to the public, and the performance will last an hour. More than 30 children will be featured with t-shirts available for sale afterwards. This is Center Stage’s eighth recital and one is held every semester with a theme voted on by teachers.

“It is an awesome experience to help children who can’t afford to take dance,” Erin Price, health science major and Center Stage teacher.

This is Price’s first year teaching at Center Stage, and she is excited for the recital.  She teaches hip-hop on Tuesdays for kindergarteners through second graders. “Country Girl Shake it for Me” will be her group’s song. Price said her students love dancing to it and have been working hard for several months. The children are both excited and nervous to show off their dances to an audience.

Mysti-Ané Pearce

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Mysti-Ane Pearce is a creative freshman who offers zest and a fresh viewpoint to CAFNR Corner Post. She is majoring in science and agriculture journalism, with an emphasis in public relations. Since second grade, Pearce has been involved in rigorous competitive dancing. She taught classes, such as, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, high school through preschool. She was a member of FFA for her four years of high school and hopes to be an active member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow throughout her college career. Pearce shows South African Boer Goats and Pembroke Welsh Corgis in her free time.