Event features local dancers of all ages

Dancers ages 2 and older will take the stage to strut their stuff on May 5 at 5 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m. at this year’s Salida Dance Studio Showcase at the Salida High School. This in an annual event that is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early!

Highlights for the spring show include more hip-hop and teacher performances than ever before as well as an additional ballet repertory. The studio’s new junior company will debut at the showcase, following their recent success at Talent on Parade in Colorado Springs where they won a Diamond Award on April 14 and an invitation to compete at regionals. Junior company participants include Sylvie Wolkenbreit, Gwen Ramsey, Vivian Volkmann, Rian Baker, Iane Baker, Avery Klco, Braeden Johnson, Rinnen Borton and instructor Kellyn Frost. All music for the 2018 showcase has been selected by the instructors.

Michigan native and Russian Ballet technique dancer Taylor Preston – the newest teacher to the studio – joined SDS at the end of 2017 after moving to Buena Vista and will present numerous pieces at the showcase before taking maternity leave later this year. Preston began dancing at age 2½ and went on to study at the Greater Lansing Ballet Company. Instructor Aly Camerlo will take over intermediate and advanced classes during Preston’s absence.

In addition to dance, the Salida Dance Studio offers weekly fitness classes for adults. The studio is in the middle of moving from their current F Street location to 119 E. First Street, Unit B. Fitness classes will change locations beginning May 7 and the all classes will be moved by May 14. The studio is committed to providing continuing dance education for students and teachers through guest workshops, outside experiences and performances, as well as continued teacher trainings. They provide a professional space aimed at protecting dancers with the educational goal of keeping participants informed about their health.

Studio co-founder Jaime Keating said she’s excited about the coming year and is thrilled to be expanding the studio’s adult dance options. Keating and her co-founder, JoDee Kane, have 36-plus years of combined dance experience. They are passionate about inspiring children and adults through dance, and they are committed to providing youth an artistic outlet for their emotions through dance, while nurturing self-esteem. When asked how it’s been to plan this year’s showcase and to make a studio move with two newborn twin girls in tow, Keating responded with a smile, “As they say, the show must go on.”

Assigned seating tickets for the 2018 showcase are $15 for adults and $10 for children, in advance, and will be $20 and $15, respectively, after May 1. Tickets are available online at tututix.com. For more information, visit dancesalida.com.

(Update: The Saturday performance has sold out. Tickets are still available for Sunday.)