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Area dancers ready to showcase talents

June 7, 2011

Dancers from ages 4 years old to in their 20s will take the stage at SMAHS Friday and Saturday evening for the 19th annual April School of Dance Revue. This year's show finale is "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, in which the dancers will transform into zombies. Photo by Amy Cherry.

Dancing zombies are just one of the interesting highlights at the April School of Dance 2011 revue taking place this weekend on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, at St. Marys Area High School.
Approximately 180 dancers, ranging in age from 4 years old to in their 20s, are putting the final touches on their dance routines, which feature such styles as tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics, dance theatre and clogging.
"There is everything from a "New York, New York" kickline to the song "The Entertainer" to swing dance to comedy soft-shoe," said April Cush, owner and director of the school. "We are also having several live musicians perform, including pianists."
Advance tickets are available until tomorrow and may be purchased at the dance studio and The Village Peddler in St. Marys, as well as at Cliffe's Prescription Center in Ridgway. They are also available at the door at a higher cost. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m.
Cush said she chose the show's theme, "Music Notables," after her longtime sound man Mike Calkins suggested a "rock and roll hall of fame" show, which Cush tweaked into the current theme. Calkins owns the DJ business Soundsations, based in Johnsonburg, and has been working with Cush over the past 19 years.
The show will include 43 routines set to the music of such icons as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John, Billy Joel, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Backstreet Boys, the Spice Girls and the Go-Gos, as well as Benny Goodman, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner and many more.
The show's opening number, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," features both a dance routine and musical performance by the school's musical theatre group.
Among some of the show highlights are a lyrical jazz routine to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," a clogging routine to Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia," an energetic jazz routine to Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" and a hip hop medley entitled "Evolution," featuring both old-school artists and current rappers.
"My favorite piece is the sacred ballet to the song "'Great is Thy Faithful,'" Cush added.

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