Dance students delight family and friends

The Rose Valley School of Dance ended another successful season on May 11 by presenting its 31st annual recital.

Rose Valley School of Dance 2013-14

Photograph courtesy Reflections by Richard, Humboldt

In front of a full gymnasium, the recital got underway with Matt Yobb as emcee. In his opening address, Yobb acknowledged those who have supported the efforts of the dancers and those who have spent many hours volunteering, providing sponsorship and fundraising support to DanceMania and the Rose Valley School of Dance.

“This year our theme is Born This Way,” said Yobb. “We invite you to explore some ideas about destiny. Some people believe that when we are born, destiny already has a plan for us or it is already written in the stars. All roads taken as you are growing up tend to lean one way or another and in the end what we become is because we were born this way.”

With that the lights went down and the curtains went up for a showcase of puppets, sailors, baseball players, actors and divas, to name only a few. The performance was a seven-minute finale to the music of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

Artistic director Pat Gabel-Yablonski said students have participated in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet exams and three dance competitions including Watrous, Tisdale and DanceMania 2014 in Rose Valley.

“Every group that participated brought home medals, with the majority being platinum and gold,” said Gabel-Yablonski. “Many of their marks this season were 90 and higher. On top of their placings,” she added, “many scholarships were won, once again rewarding their dedication and hard work.”

Presentations of certificates and flowers for dancers, helpers and teachers ended the perfect Mother’s Day afternoon.

By Alison Squires with appreciation to Pat Gabel-Yablonski and Matt Yobb

Wadena News

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